This double album CD reissue originally taken from "Living Soul" and "Spicy" (1966) reflects a more commercial side of organist master Holmes. At this point he recorded pop standards like Erroll Garner’s "Misty." On "Living Soul", a live session at Count Basie’s in New York, he delivered the Jobim standard "The Girl From Ipanema" as a hot bossa and the joyful "If I Had a Hammer," to an enthusiastic audience. With this session, he clearly shows versatility throughout. "Blues for Yna Yna" is notable, as he recorded it with Gerald Wilson’s band in 1961, and he substitutes for all the band’s instrumentation on the B-3. Holmes bass lines are extraordinary, which is well documented. "Spicy" is an even more commercial studio session, gleaning the current pop hits of the day. His enthusiastic staccato on "1-2-3" takes it out of the bouncy context which it was known and instead utilizes a cooler Latin-ized theme. What is notable is his sharing the spotlight with guitarist Gene Edwards and even drummer George Randall "gets some." Holmes usually dominated with very little room for solos, but the artistry of this trio is obvious. "Manha de Carnaval," ironically, is not afforded bossa styling, but is instead a straightforward energetic soulful interpretation. Another good trip back in time from Prestige/Fantasy worth having.