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John Simon Trio: John Simon Trio

As a teenager in Philadelphia, Simon often sat in with organist “Papa” John DeFrancesco. Later, when he was in the house band at Gert’s Lounge, he worked with organist Don Patterson, who along with drummer Greg McDonald, appears on this 1986 date. It’s unclear whether this is a new issue or a re-release, but either way, it’s a steaming debut for Simon.

The trio opens with an uptempo version of “It’s You Or No One.” (An equally blazing alternate take appears at the end of the album.) Lee Morgan’s “Ceora,” Horace Silver’s “Strollin’,” and an original each by Simon and Patterson complete the well-rounded tune list.

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