Although this is dependable B-3 Hammond soul-jazz, some of the songs selected for this set, such as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Never on Sunday," are inappropriate for soul-jazz translation. On the other hand, the adaptation of Luiz Bonfá's "Manha de Carnaval" is good, and Nat Adderley's "Work Song" is a classic that's hard to mess up. Only one Holmes' original, "Boo-D-Doo," on a session aided by guitarists Gene Edwards and Boogaloo Joe Jones. The 1999 Prestige CD reissue of Spicy (issued as part of Prestige's Legends of Acid Jazz series) adds the whole of a live 1966 LP, Living Soul, onto the same disc.
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger