The flurry of interest in pianist John Wright in the early 1960s coincided with the soul movement in jazz. The basic elements in his music may have qualified him for souldom in the minds of record marketers. But Wright had facets beyond his gospel and blues roots, and the "soul" label attached to his recordings did him the disservice of suggesting a limited range. There’s plenty of soul in this collection, but Wright also had harmonic depth and a lyrical side that are on display here not only in the first three tracks, but in much of the blues-drenched original material that makes up the rest of the album. Wright’s sensitive keyboard touch and crisp articulation impart a tripping lightness to even his churchiest expressions. He is accompanied by Wendell Marshall, an omnipresent bassist in the 1950s and ’60s, and drummer Walter Perkins, Jr. in the days before he worked with Art Farmer and Sonny Rollins.