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The Soul Explosion is an album by jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet which was recorded in 1969 and released on the Prestige label.

Scott Yanow of Allmusic wrote:
"The great tenor Illinois Jacquet is joined by a ten-piece group that includes trumpeter Joe Newman and Milt Buckner on piano and organ for this 1969 Prestige studio session which has been reissued on CD by the OJC series. Jacquet is in prime form, particularly on "The Soul Explosion" (which benefits from a Jimmy Mundy arrangement), a definitive "After Hours" and a previously unissued version of "Still King." This blues-based set is full of soul but often swings quite hard with the focus on Jacquet's exciting tenor throughout."

Illinois Jacquet – tenor saxophone
Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal – trumpet
Matthew Gee – trombone
Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
Cecil Payne – baritone saxophone
Milt Buckner – organ, piano, arranger
Wally Richardson – guitar
Al Lucas – bass, electric bass
Al Foster – drums
Jimmy Mundy – arranger

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