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Mort Weiss: The B3 and Me

The B3 and Me, an unusual clarinet/organ combo date, was kept on the shelf for three years by a contractual tie-up. Weiss still can’t list his collaborator’s name on the cover, but it’s Joey DeFrancesco, burning up the keyboard on nine standards and backed by a hard-driving rhythm section. The 71-year-old Weiss easily keeps pace on the fast numbers, pouring forth mad bebop flutterings, while at medium tempos the two leaders strike up a surprisingly easy and fluid rapport. Although the combination of timbres can be jarring when Weiss and DeFrancesco play melodies together, the exciting solo passages are more than adequate compensation.

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