Commercial period - Yes. A jazz album - yes, though cloaked in a bit of commercial context.
Wes and a band of all stars in their own right, sneak some jazz cloaked in a few "lounge" tunes. Not the "beginning of the end" which allmusic.com dismally states. But merely, Wes paying the bills, in a very pleasant way for us!
The title track, up and at it, and when I look into you eyes are all standouts. I wish the producer would have released "the band" on a few tracks. But....it is what it is, and time I think will be good to this record. Certainly not as commercial as "A Day in the Life", but not the straight ahead Jazz like Smokin' at the Half note. Part of the fun of these old records is listening / digging for those bits of brilliance of which Wes was capable, and they are there, understanding the economics of it all, and finding them inside an admittedly commercial.
The discussions of art vs commerce have likely been around since well before Davinci and Michelangelo, and will continue to be sure. But this is far, far from a "sell out" which we see in manufactured bands today. Wes, Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, and Ray Baretto, et al, lay down some solid tracks in this wonderful, melodic, analog delight.