“Gatemouth” Brown – River’s Invitation

I love this one for how the interplay between the section players and
the soloists is so sharply defined. It’s like a tour of a really
fantastic house, where in each room there’s a new tableau-vivant on
display, telling a different part of the story.
Starting with the drummer’s endless invention, it’s as if each chorus
has a different dynamic construction, the three-way tug of war between
Brown’s guitar, his voice, and the horn section ends up over a
different spot each time. The drum and organ modulate the proceedings
and guide the listener through. It’s as if the arranger went through
all the great tricks of instrumentation and section play, and used
them all in this one song.