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Bill Heid: Da Girl

This is one of the best organ dates of the year. Heid’s combination of the groove and the intellect keep you enlisted all the way. He’s from the Larry Young continuum, and his tunes-all originals-are just far enough off the beaten path to offer surprise and delight at the players’ improvisational ingenuity. On another level, even Heid’s comping is interesting.

In addition to the Hammond B3 veteran, the musicians include tenor saxophonist Scott “E Dog” Petersen, trumpeter and flugelhornist Joe Magnarelli and drummer Randy Gelespie, with conga drummer George Jones and percussionist George Heid (the leader’s brother) added on a track or two. Peterson sounds as if he’d be good help on a blues gig as well as on this jazz session. He has certain eclectic tone qualities and diverse ways of phrasing that reveal soulfulness and searching. Magnarelli uses the hard-bop trumpet vocabulary in an ageless, exciting way. His flugelhorn on “Blues for Margie” is warm and full of nuances.

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