Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Pete Levin: Jump!

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Some music, just by the act of listening to it, makes you feel cooler. A great jazz organ trio can do that with ease. Whether it’s Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes or Pete Levin, those syncopated stabs and walking basslines on the Hammond B3, when percolating with brushed drums and warm electric guitar, have the power to relax the mind and stoke the imagination.

As the fleet-fingered Levin saunters and swings through the mentholated grooves of “Exclamation!,” “That Was Then” and “The Big Dog Is Always Right,” the listener is suddenly in some smoke-filled corner bar, circa 1960, decked out in a sharkskin suit and a Dobbs lid. And as if he or she needed any more fuel for the way back machine, Levin even covers Mingus’ aptly titled “Nostalgia in Times Square.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published