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Ed Cherry: It’s All Good

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The organ trio, whether led by the organist or the guitarist, is a down-and-dirty working-class format rooted in the blues. You don’t go to organ trios for radical stimulation. You go there for reassurance.

But all valid jazz genres are endlessly renewable. Ed Cherry’s trio is deeply grounded in the classic organ-trio tradition, yet sounds new and alive in the moment. Tasteful, selective organist Pat Bianchi and crisp drummer Byron Landham are solid contributors, and Cherry rules. His clean, incisive guitar lines convey so much conviction they sound burned into the air. He almost always starts simply, with the basics of a song. His sophistication sneaks up on you because his solos, even when he ventures afield, always sound unforced and organic.

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