Ezell Thompson | Bellingham, Washington United States | 02/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny O'Neal is a rare talent that's little known. A beautiful touch that captures a feeling of individuality, and yet imbodies characteristics of some of our greatest pianist. "Soulful Swing" has many diverse moods. Tracks 1&3 portray a more gentle feeling, characteristic of McCoy Tyner. Track #2 gives off an Oscar Peterson quality. Then there is track #6 Ain't Misbehaven, which sounds just like the late great master of swing, Gene Harris. A masterful touch, such as Mr O'Neal's should not remain a secret. Great support from the terrific bassist, Dave Young..."