The list of those who could make out jazz funky is a short one. Drummer Reid must now be added to that list. This music is as beautiful and dangerous as a shower of broken glass -- just when you think you've got a song figured out, this clever group of largely unsung musicians heightens the tension and takes things careening off in an unexpected direction.
Released less than nine months after his idol's death in early 1965, Gaye's affectionate tribute to Cole highlights his skill at more elegant romantic fare. The follow-up to How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You, it was recorded partly in Detroit with the Funk Brothers and partly with sessions musicians in Los Angeles.