Guitarist Greg Skaff is one of those musician’s musicians who can effortlessly do whatever the situation calls for without breaking a sweat. On this hard-bop-centric session inspired by East Harlem, he cuts loose with a first-rate trio featuring (mostly) Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3 organ and Ralph Peterson Jr. on drums. The medium-tempo title track, a Skaff original, simply cooks, leading off with a blistering organ solo parried by a sequence of puckish riffs by Skaff. Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya” is a natural choice for this orchestration, handled as a funk tune that allows the band to demonstrate their prodigious chops.
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