Merl Saunders was born in California and grew up playing the Hammond B3 in various styles from Blues to Jazz to Rock. For a short period in the 60s he even played with the Grateful Dead. On his self-titled album he played mostly Soul-Jazz like on Evil Ways, When I Die and Bolinas Brown that starts off with a drum break. The two best songs, and funkiest, are the originals Aunt Monk and Righteousness. David Axelrod helped Saunders produce the album and Billy Fender, Phil Upchurch, King Errison were some of the musicians that recorded with him.