Contemporary Urban Jazz goes full-on STAX yet again, as one of the genre’s most soul-fired and muscular alto sax players expands on the high octane, old-school energy exploration of his Memphis influences he started with Barry Eastmond on his previous set Soul Appeal. With the lone cover, a feisty, horn and organ drenched jam on “Soul Finger” leading the way, Michael Lington embarks on a grooving burst of originals with a retro-modern sensibility. He surrounds his towering horn leads with bright, irrepressible bass lines, crisp guitar licks, stomping grooves and gospel touches, courtesy of an all-star cast including Booker T.
Score: 9 out of 10
Producer: Barry Eastmond