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Red Young: The Organzier

Red Young, born in Fort Worth, Texas, has covered the music scene. He has toured with Lloyd Price, Sonny & Cher, Tanya Tucker and Linda Ronstadt; written charts for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Royal Crown Revue; and led a swing/jazz vocal group called Red and the Red Hots. That’s just a drop in the bucket compared to his full resume, which now includes the debut album of the Red Young Trio, an easy-going organ, guitar and drums combo.

Generally more subdued than Jimmy Smith and mellower than some of the funkier B3 masters, Young and company offer a smoky, late night set rich in atmosphere and mostly low-key soul. The album works as a blues session as well as a jazz session. There are two sets of sidemen: guitarist James Achor and drummer Kenny Sara on seven tracks and guitarist Anthony Wilson and drummer Willie McNeil on five. According to liner-note writer Pete Fallico, the first group aimed for a contemporary sound and the latter group aimed for an older sound. The distinction isn’t all that pronounced, and the whole album sounds nicely straightahead.

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