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Joe Krown: Buckle Up

New Orleans organist Joe Krown is a Jimmy Smith disciple who deals in funky blues and jazz on Buckle Up (STR 1002; 48:59). With a grooving rhythm section of Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and Dr. John drummer Herman Ernest, Krown pays homage to the master on a spirited rendition of Smith’s “The Sermon,” featuring guitar great Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Gate also unleashes his signature licks on the shuffling opener “Hot n’ Heavy,” the romping title track and a midtempo groover called “The Pump.” On the good-foot side of things there’s Krown’s “Oil Slick” and “Slap It,” which draws heavily on James Brown-Meters funk, along with a faithful rendition of the Booker T & The MG’s hit “Hip Hug Her.” They burn a blue streak on George Benson’s “Rock A Bye” and revive a 1947 hit with an instrumental rendition of Nellie Lutcher’s “Real Gone Guy.” Too bad they enlist the services of New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas on that jive anthem.

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