Organist Richard "Groove" Holmes
hit upon a successful formula on this Prestige session (reissued on CD in the OJC
series), mixing together boogaloo rhythms with emotional solos. His double-time version of "Misty" became a big hit, and the other selections, including Horace Silver
's "Song for My Father" and a pair of soulful originals, are in a similar vein. The lone ballad of the set ("The Things We Did Last Summer") is a fine change of pace. With the assistance of guitarist Gene Edwards
and drummer Jimmie Smith
, Groove Holmes
shows that it is possible to create music that is both worthwhile and commercially successful.