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Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin’ With Big G (SteepleChase)

Brian Charette brings a modern sensibility to the Hammond B-3 organ, especially with his experimental trio Kurrent, in which he incorporates synthesizers. But his new album with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman is a complete throwback. It’s a 1960s-style blowing session that recalls titans like Jack McDuff and Jimmy McGriff. The quartet includes Coleman’s son … Read More “Brian Charette/George Coleman: Groovin’ With Big G (SteepleChase)”

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Brian Charette: Once & Future

A couple of years ago, organist Brian Charette published the well-regarded instruction book 101 Hammond B-3 Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use. Once & Future, his newest album release on Posi-Tone, wasn’t planned as a companion piece, but it could serve as one. Returning to the trio format he’s long favored, Charette, along … Read More “Brian Charette: Once & Future”

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Brian Charette: Alphabet City

Organist Brian Charette mingles jazz, old-school soul and psychedelia on Alphabet City, his ninth recording as a leader. Joined by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Rudy Royston, Charette presents a dozen original compositions that groove and soothe about as often as they challenge and provoke the ear. As writer and instrumentalist, Charette is at his … Read More “Brian Charette: Alphabet City”

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Doug Webb: Triple Play

Tenor saxophone junkies unite. Why aren’t more records made this way? Position three powerhouse tenors across a stereo system’s soundstage, left (Walt Weiskopf), center (Doug Webb), right (Joel Frahm). Hire a fearless organist (Brian Charette) and a tempestuous drummer (Rudy Royston). When all hell breaks loose, run for cover. Four of these players have significant … Read More “Doug Webb: Triple Play”

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Brian Charette: Square One

Hammond organ master Brian Charette leads a spirited, driving trio on Square One, his relatively straight-ahead and winning debut on the American label Posi-Tone. The Question That Drives Us, on the Danish label SteepleChase, features a Charette sextet of unusual voicings on a more complex and worldly outing. Each CD reflects different facets of Charette, … Read More “Brian Charette: Square One”

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Brian Charette: Music for Organ Sextette

Determined not to follow the same ol’ bop, blues and ballads formula of most organ-group sessions, Hammond player Brian Charette takes a different route on this renegade sextet outing. Working with four distinct voices-Jay Collins’ flute, John Ellis’ bass clarinet, Joel Frahm’s tenor and Mike DiRubbio’s alto-Charette takes this session to places that Jimmy Smith … Read More “Brian Charette: Music for Organ Sextette”

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Brian Charette: Learning to Count

Reliably smoking B3 player Brian Charette joins alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbio and drummer Jochen Rueckert on a romp through several swinging originals as well as faithful covers of Steve Winwood’s “Empty Pages,” Wayne Shorter’s “Juju” and John Lewis’ “Milestones.” Charette’s tempo-shifting, chops-busting “Air on a Sunny String” is a good indicator of this trio’s freshness … Read More “Brian Charette: Learning to Count”

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