"Stan's Shuffle" is a jumping blues by the late tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, with whom McGriff performed on occasion. Unfortunately, the two never recorded together. All of the saxophone soloists dig in during their solos, but Cuber steals the show with a gritty and gutsy outing. "Hard Times" is really a bow to Newman, who scores with a laidback tenor solo on the tune, his hit from 1969. McGriff's working group (guitarist Boyd and drummer Williams) takes care of Boyd's boogalooing "Us," a surprisingly sprightly version of Miles Davis's "All Blues," the standard "Just in Time" (the latter is played with a nice Latin touch), and McGriff's own funky "City Lights."
Boyd and Williams are replaced by guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Kenny Washington on Sparks's grooving title track and a burning Jimmy Smith tribute called "Sermonizing," both of which also feature the saxophonists, as do the aforementioned "Stan's Shuffle" and "Hard Times." All of the sax players contribute some incendiary solos to these cuts, but it's really McGriff who owns the date with his in-the-pocket organ solos on each track and some always-inspiring comping behind the soloists.