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Mike LeDonne: Keep the Faith

Mike LeDonne built his reputation first as a pianist and later as an organist, and it seems he’s decided to focus more on the Hammond B3 these days. That’s probably a good thing for him, as the field of jazz organists is much less crowded.

Keep the Faith is the quick follow-up to last year’s The Groover, from the group he now calls the Groover Quartet; it includes three exceptionally gifted musicians in tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Joe Farnsworth. They deploy everything in their arsenal on a cover of the O’Jays’ “Back Stabbers,” from LeDonne’s seemingly 20-fingered attack to Alexander’s warm and strong blowing.

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