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Back To The Bridge is produced by three talented musicians whose ability to interact, solo, provide rhythmic support and, above all, to groove makes this album a terrific advertisement for the classic organ trio and for the enjoyable straight-ahead jazz it produces. While this is guitarist Dan Adler's second album as leaderfollowing 2009's self-produced All Things Familiarhe records here for the first time with organist Joey DeFrancesco
's "Joy Spring" is melodic and fast-paced, driven by Landham's propulsive playing. By contrast, Adler's arrangement of Joe Bushkin's 1941 composition "Oh, Look At Me Now" is almost casual in its laid-back but silky style while on Oscar Peterson
's bluesy "The Smudge" Landham swings gently as first Adler and then DeFrancesco solo with a delightful lightness of touch.
Adler's own compositions are good-natured, cheerful tunes that swing effortlessly and highlight Adler's beautiful intonation. The one exception is "Good Old Days," which has a more reflective and thoughtful toneAdler's comping behind DeFrancesco's organ solo is gentle and warm.
The music on Back To The Bridge is from familiar jazz territory. But this is popular jazz territory as well, and deservedly soAdler, DeFrancesco and Landham deliver an unpretentious, enjoyable and beautifully played set of tunes.
Track Listing: Silver and Gold; Oh, Look At Me Now; Joy Spring; Back to the Bridge; Good Old Days; A Beautiful Friendship; Yatsanu At (We Left Slowly); Between Jobs; I've Never Been In Love Before; The Smudge.
Personnel: Dan Adler: guitar; Joey DeFrancesco: organ; Byron Landham: drums.