This disc isn’t as "grit-gittin’" as the title suggests - there’s no B-3 chicken shack jive, no blues shouting, honk n’ sputter marathon solos just solid slippery soulful playing with a bottom heavy tone reminiscent of seventies-era Dexter Gordon. Ousley enlists a crack team of Chicago jazz veterans - pianist Jodie Christian, bassist John Whitfield, drummer Robert Shy and trumpet king Art Hoyle - to create a neo-bop "Walkin’" style groove from first to last. The one cut with Hoyle - Ousley’s saucy samba "El Senioree" - makes you long for more head-to-head contact. Hoyle contributes a fat-lipped Doc Cheatham-meets-Roy Eldridge solo to compliment the leader. The four originals and five standards - including a tongue-in-cheek turn on the Osmonds’ (yes, Donny & Co.) "Go Away Little Girl" and a heavy-on-the-reed, lost love rendition of "Lush Life" - play like a single wavering groove. From the opening standard "Without a Song" through Ousley’s "Fever" inspired "A Troubled Soul" this is a sweet, soulful discovery of another in Chicago’s tough tenor family.