Johnny Lytle

Possum Grease

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For the title track, the Ohio native reaches into his repertoire. Originally released on his 1966 LP The Loop, "Possum Grease" sounds as current as ever with its waltz-like introduction and conventional jazz arrangement. This rendition includes more participation from Lytle's sidemen. In addition to recording one of his previous recordings, he lays down his own version of Miles Davis' "Milestone," Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," "Love for Sale" and "Stormy Weather." Along with the latter, Lytle expresses his romantic side on the ballad "Should I Love You." Never coming at you from one dimension, the savvy vibist concocts the buoyant composition "Adoration" with an obvious crossover appeal. This was the last album by the vibes master before his untimely death. And as he did throughout his lengthy career, he sustains a high standard of excellence on this outing.

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