Dan Fogel fell in love with the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ at a young age by hearing "Groove" Holmes' recording of "Misty," and has since worked hard to play in the style of the jazz musicians from the golden age of the organ/tenor sax combo.
Whether or not you're an aficionado of the subgenre, it's clear, after a single listen to 15 West, that Fogel has certainly cornered the sound and feel of those days when artists like Larry Young, Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson and, of course, Jimmy Smith were toiling at their art. With a group including guitarist O'Donel Levywho has kept a low profile since his days recording for Groove Merchant Records in the 1970'stenor saxophonist Pete Chavez and drummer Webb Thomas, Fogel has a group that sounds like it's in perfect mesh. Chavez, in particular, has a Stanley Turrentine-like quality that is tough enough on the up-tempo numbers and lyrical enough on the ballads.
Fogel's background is unusual if just for the fact that he is a second-cousin of Jackie Gleason's and big band singer Helen Forrest's nephew. He has spent a lot of time and energy recreating the ambiance of the Atlantic City jazz scene, and this group's sound is certainly redolent of that.
With tunes that read like a set list in an after-hours club, including "Willow Weep for Me, "Just Friends, "A Night in Tunisia" and "I Thought About You, the swinging door of this lounge is about to open. With liner notes by the esteemed Nat Hentoff, this album is off and running.
Track Listing: Just Friends; A Night in Tunisia; Blues After All; It's You or No One; Out of This World; 15 West; Willow Weep for Me; I Thought About You; Broadway.
Personnel: Dan Fogel: Hammond B-3 organ; O'Donel Levy: guitar; Pete Chavez: tenor sax; Webb Thomas: drums.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.