As its title suggests, Testifyin' Time channels elements of gospel but otherwise eschews tradition and cliché, bolstering its modern jazz sensibilities with nods to the emerging Chicago soul sound. Backed by tenorist James Meyer, trumpeter Walter Strickland, bassist Cleveland Eaton, and drummer Marshall Thompson, Bunky Green flourishes in the session's hip, contemporary mode, uncorking a series of nimble alto solos galvanized by a communal joie de vivre that elevates the entire session beyond the norm. And like most of Green's Argo sessions, Testifyin' Time boasts a thoughtful song selection as well, with material spanning from the perennial "On Green Dolphin Street" to the Gershwin/Weil collaboration "My Ship."
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny