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Pete Levin: Certified Organic

Pete Levin is best known to jazz fans as the synthesizer player in Gil Evans’ band for 15 years beginning in the early ’70s. (He initially played French horn in the group.) He also played keyboards for eight years in the Jimmy Giuffre 4. In addition, his career includes live and studio performances with Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Jaco Pastorius and many others. In 2007 he revisited his roots in the Hammond organ with Deacon Blues, a trip he continues with this year’s Certified Organic, except here he uses Nord Clavia keyboards.

Levin and drummer Harvey Sorgen are the constants on each track, with a shifting cast of guitarists (John Cariddi on four cuts and Mike DeMicco, Jesse Gress and the late Joe Beck on two each). Saxophonist Erik Lawrence appears on two tracks (Pastorius’ “Teen Town” and Levin’s “Out of Darkness”), percussionist Ernie Colon on four and percussionist Ken Lovelett on one.

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