in the lineup, and a clutch of Canada's top session men rounding out the personnel on Catch A Corner, Cinque gives a tip of the hat to the CTI label and its particular style of relaxedbut not smoothjazz-funk. Olivia Cardinali's vivid cover photograph seems reminiscent of Pete Turner
Gadd, whose versatile swing/funk drumming was featured on dozens of jazz and funk recordings throughout the '70s, is right at home here. He hasn't lost a thing over the last few decadeshe's as sharp and as inventive as ever. Botos has the mellow soul-jazz thing down pat, and demonstrates how it's done on "Conflicting Advice," the CD's slinky, urbane opener. Saxophonist John Johnson
The feel on Catch A Corner is super-tight, yet really spontaneous. DeFrancesco, a flashy and energetic soloist who, at first glance, doesn't really fit the laidback jazz-funk mold, might seem to be the odd man out here. However, the band's repertoireassembled on-the-spot during the recording sessionincludes a number of pieces suited to DeFrancesco's hyperactive Jimmy Smith
. DeFrancesco really lights up "Gepetto's Blues," a hot serving of basic grits 'n gravy blues, and comes barreling out of the gate with some big thrills on "Over The Humpty Dump," a hard-charging jazz waltz. DeFrancesco also proves to be a consummate team player, providing, for example, an endless array of slick and swinging fills behind Botos and Johnson on the gospel- drenched second half of "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning." Botos' Rhodes work here also makes a particularly good impressionhe's a true soul-jazz keyboardist in the vein of Horace Silver
The appeal of Catch A Corner lies in the abilities of these five musicians to find a freshness in some very basic and familiar- sounding material. They are hugely successful in that regard; the playing here is excellent and inspired throughout. While some of the music may be a bit too mellow and easygoing for some, those who enjoy slinky '70s jazz-funk and '60s organ jazz will find Catch A Corner a veritable treasure trove.
Track Listing: Conflicting Advice; Geppetto's Blues; Saturday Night, Sunday Morning;
Two Worlds; Catch a Corner; Over the Humpty Dump; Bolivia; Still Crazy
After All These Years.
Personnel: Steve Gadd: drums; Peter Cardinali: bass, horn arrangements; Joey
DeFrancesco: Hammond B3 organ; Robi Botos: piano, Fender Rhodes; John