The Birmingham News, Alabama, June 4, 1970 
I’ve seen rock groups and jazz groups, most of the modern combinations that appear in Birmingham—local and travelling. But I’ve never seen a better group than Illustration playing the Crazy Horse this week. 
 
Can you imagine an 11-man rock group? That’s what it is, and they play everything. It’s the first rock outfit I ever heard where you couldn’t even hear the electric guitar. 
 
It’s loud. With three trumpets, a trombone, two saxes, organ, guitar, drums, bass and vocalist, it has to be loud. 
 
But once you hear them play you forget how loud they are. Each one of the boys is a polished musician. Four of them have master’s degrees in music. Their arrangements are fantastic. 
 
However, the real clincher is that they play, almost exclusively, original material. They don’t even like to do the things that other groups have made famous. Manager Andy Tsempede had them do some Blood, Sweat, and Tears material for me the night I was there and it sounded better than Blood, Sweat and Tears. Honest. 
 
Can’t understand how they got booked in a nightclub. This is the kind of group you pay a lot of money to hear in a concert hall. It’s the closest thing to Las Vegas’ big band sound I’ve heard around here.

Illustration Holds Crowds Till Dawn 

The Birmingham News, Alabama, July 9, 1970 
Illustration are back at the Crazy Horse with their big sound, and they’re holding the crowds straight through until 4 a.m. It’s hard to believe a sound like that in a Birmingham nightclub. It’s so big the Horse’s rattlers seem to quiver when they’re playing. 
 
With three trumpets, two saxes, a trombone, organ, guitar, drums and bass they have a right to have a big sound, I guess, but it’s unusual to find one that right with so many instruments. 
 
The group will be at the Horse for the rest of this week, playing from about 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. If you haven’t heard them yet, it’s an experience. I noticed several local proprietors listening there about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. These included Harry Bell, Cane Brake, David Gall, Gus Gulas, and Bob Cain. 
 
Gall said that to him Illustration sounded better than Blood, Sweat and Tears or Chicago Transit. Harry Bell said he couldn’t help wonder if they’d draw in the Cane Brake. Bob Cain answered him straightaway—“They would! But where are you going to put 11 instruments on our band stand?”