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Caesar Frazier: Closer to the Truth (Savant)

Hammond B-3 vet Caesar Frazier and company offer listeners drawn to vintage jazz organ abundant relief with this album, clearly inspired by the keyboardist’s organ-combo influences. Suffice to say, fans of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, and Don Patterson, to say nothing of guitarists Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and George Benson, have reason … Read More “Caesar Frazier: Closer to the Truth (Savant)”

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Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)

Organist Jared Gold, guitarist Dave Stryker, and drummer Billy Hart, augmented by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on three tracks, prove there’s still some life in the venerable B-3 jazz combo. The opening title track sets the tone: Gold is his usual deep-grooved self; Pelt summons a blunt-edged aggressiveness that somewhat belies his well-known Milesian proclivities; Stryker, … Read More “Jared Gold: Reemergence (Strikezone)”

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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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Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (Blue Note)

Judging from these seven live tracks, Dr. Lonnie Smith’s celebratory 75th birthday stand at New York’s Jazz Standard this past summer must have been a soulful gas. With his prismatic swirls, dramatic gestures, tidal swells and unforeseen detours, Smith delights in defining the young-at-heart aesthetic. A variable-intensity trio showcase, All in My Mind touches on … Read More “Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind (Blue Note)”

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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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