High energy soul powered blues recorded live at the legendary Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. In addition to three of James's blues-tinged original tunes, the program ranges from the killer James Brown groove of the title cut to the soul classic "Trying to Live My Life Without You," George Clinton's "I'll Stay," to the set closing instrumental version of "Smoke on the Water." "The Big Payback" is a joyous celebration of the great tradition of horn-based blues ensembles that leaves the listener ? much like the Parisian audience ? wanting more.