Soulful Strut (LP)Young-Holt Unlimited
The smooth jazz configuration of Young-Holt Unlimited was based around two key figures: drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt, and bassist Eldee Young, both of whom were the former rhythm section of jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis. As Young-Holt Unlimited, the duo released a slew of instrumental soul-jazz which frequently invoked the spirit and vibes of The Jazz Crusaders, Lou Donaldson, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Their 1968 record Soulful Strut was the ultimate peak of their artistic output, which rendered a Billboard hit out of the title track, which consisted of the instrumental track to the failed single "Am I The Same Girl" by Barbara Acklin. (Stories go that Holt & Young never actually played on the track however.) The hit single would also be bolstered by breezy covers of tracks by Carl Davis, Bobby Russell, and Eugene Record, among others. Though Soulful Strut was a smash success, the duo never managed to produce a worthy follow-up, leading Young-Holt Unlimited to disband back to smaller acts in Chicago, and eventually return to Ramsay Lewis' trio.