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Regarded by many as a minor classic of the soul jazz era beloved by acid jazzers and rare groovers, Levy was already well regarded, having replaced George Benson in Jack McDuff's combo and then sliding with ease into Jimmy McGriff's band. McGriff mentored Levy through the start of the 1970s, giving him his recording debut on the Blue Note album 'Black Pearl'. He was also instrumental in Levy signing to Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant records. With his reputation as one of the best up and coming jazz guitarists, Levy was paired with writer and arranger Manny Albam. Albam had been Sonny Lester's musical director since 1964 and could also claim Count Basie, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie on an impressive CV. The result of the pairing is this 1973 recording showcases Levy's fluid lines and funky chops backed by a 12 piece, brass heavy band that also features Steve Gadd on drums. The album was well received on release and with the follow up 'Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky' established Levy as major player. He still records today, having spent many years living in Singapore working as a recording engineer.