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Barbara Dennerlein: Outhipped

Barbara Dennerlein has been the most adventurous Hammond B-3 organ stylist of the last 10 years. Her fondness for funk rhythms may rile purists who cut their teeth on a greasier mode of B-3 playing back in the golden years of organ lounges. But she’s brimming with ideas, loaded down with chops and is not afraid to experiment with the form.

Dennerlein has always surrounded herself with great talent. This time out her ensemble features such ringers as trombonist Ray Anderson, saxophonists Craig Handy and Antonio Hart, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist James Genus, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, who contributes a particularly gorgeous flugelhorn solo on her haunting ballad “Sweet Poison.”

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