For this superlative outing in the legendary series of Jimmy Smith Blue Note jam sessions, the innovative organist is teamed with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, altoist Jackie McLean, tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec, and his regular sidemen (guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Donald Bailey). The two-fer features Open House and Plain Talk, both of which were recorded the same day. Four standards alternate with blues and Smith originals. The musicians all seem to be inspired by each other's presence, making this a highly recommended set for straight-ahead jazz collectors.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow