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07/10/12

Brian Charette
Music for Organ Sextette
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Determined not to follow the same ol’ bop, blues and ballads formula of most organ-group sessions, Hammond player Brian Charette takes a different route on this renegade sextet outing. Working with four distinct voices—Jay Collins’ flute, John Ellis’ bass clarinet, Joel Frahm’s tenor and Mike DiRubbio’s alto—Charette takes this session to places that Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff never dreamed of. There’s the Bach-inspired “Fugue for Kathleen Anne/Ex-Girlfriend Variations”; the oddly expressive reggae number “The Elvira Pacifer,” which has Collins quoting from Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” in his flute solo; and the shape-shifting “Risk,” which perfectly describes Charette’s m.o. throughout this wildly imaginative project. Other original takes on organ-group fare include the odd-metered stop-time vehicle “Computer God,” the Olivier Messiaen-inspired “French Birds” and Charette’s brush with the avant-garde on “Mode for Sean Wayland.” There’s still plenty of boppish burn and blues here—“Equal Opportunity,” the shuffle-swing section of “Risk” and the gospel-tinged “Prayer for an Agnostic”—but no bossa.

Originally published in June 2012
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