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Moe Denham: The Soul Jazz Sessions

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A guitar album masquerading as a B3 burner, Moe Denham’s The Soul Jazz Sessions collects a handful of Music City’s fiercest chicken pickers and indulges them in predictably swinging and grooving organ jazz. Touchstones for this outing include Western swing, Lenny Breau’s Nashville-inflected bop and Danny Gatton’s “redneck jazz”-particularly Relentless, Gatton’s 1994 outing with B3 master Joey DeFrancesco. Virtuoso session player John Hiland’s blues-drenched, breakneck runs evoke Gatton on “Song for Stanley T” and the smoky closer “Listen Up,” though Gatton spoke jazz’s advanced harmonic language more convincingly than Hiland, who often reverts to blues- and country-oriented pyrotechnics to make it through his choruses.

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