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Reuben Wilson: Fun House

Veteran organist Reuben Wilson checks in with a quartet session that attests to the continued viability of the funk and soul-jazz genre in these days of revival. The grooves are fat and crisp thanks to the unity of guitarist Melvin Sparks, ex-Headhunters drummer Mike Clark and the leader. Alto saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum provides a bright voice on top, with occasional flashes of the Hank Crawford-David Sanborn sound.

Wilson’s modus operandi as a soloist includes short linear bursts followed by chordal jabs and sometimes Jimmy Smith-like riffs, call-and-response phrases and sweeping climactic runs. He’s an efficient soloist who always connects with the groove. Ditto veteran Sparks, who is fond of quotes.

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