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Jared Gold: JG3+3

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Since Jimmy Smith emerged in the ’50s, the organ has been the most overtly erotic jazz instrument. Nothing can get people shaking their asses like a Hammond B-3. Jared Gold understands this cultural history. He teases out Cannonball Adderley’s “Sermonette” with insinuating carnality. Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff would approve of this groove. Gold transforms Michael Jackson’s elfin ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” into something nasty and greasy (and nice).

But Gold is not your typical B-3 party animal. On every tune, after laying down his funk bona fides, he keeps streaming content and delivers fresh ideas. His harmonic concepts are outside the organ genre as we have known it. “Fantified” is representative: Gold never stops burning (he could make a living with sheer speed) and never stops injecting interesting new details into the ascent of his spontaneous form.

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