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Niacin: Organik


At its best, Niacin’s surging, highly personalized music is almost as frenetic and sophisticated as that crafted by the late B3 master Larry Young. While that’s high praise, there are at least 10 tracks among the 13 featured selections from Organik that deserve it. While keyboardist John Novello doesn’t match Young’s blinding speed or imagination, he can play outstanding gritty blues and experimental tunes with equal aplomb, as on “Barbarian @ the Gate,” “Nemesis” and “Magnetic Mood.”

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