JazzTimes - p.97
"As you'd expect, Sparks' music is heavy on riffs and grooves and is perfectly accented with gospel-inflected Hammond B3 organ accompaniment."
Personnel: Melvin Sparks (guitar); Melvin Sparks; Joe Herbeck, Cochemea Gastelum (saxophone); Adam Scone (organ); Jeremy Baum (organ); Eric Kalb (drums).
Recording information: Tedesco Studio (01/20/2004/02/12/2004).
Guitarist Melvin Sparks keeps 1970s-style funky soul-jazz alive on this set, which is filled with catchy grooves, fine ensemble playing, and soulful solos. Heading a quartet that features tenor saxophonist Joe Herbek (Cochemea Gastalim takes his place on "Charlie Brown"), organist Jeremy Baum (replaced by Adam Scone on two numbers), and drummer Eric Kalb, Sparks performs likable and very danceable music. The one fault to the date is the sameness of much of the R&B-ish material (the guitarist wrote five of the nine selections), but this CD is excellent for parties and as infectious background music. ~ Scott Yanow