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Chris Flory: For You (2008)

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Chris Flory: For You Guitarist Chris Flory has predominately performed in bop and swing settings, having worked with Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
, Bob Wilber
Bob Wilber
b.1928
, Ruby Braff
Ruby Braff
Ruby Braff
b.1927
cornet
and Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
b.1954
sax, tenor
. But though he has long had a love for blues, aside from appearing as a sideman on a date by Duke Robillard, he has had few opportunities to record extensively in the genre. So this session for Arbors is a bit different from his earlier CDs as a leader, though he doesn't just draw from soul jazz small groups with tenor organ and guitar for inspiration. The guitarist recruited organist Mike LeDonne
Mike LeDonne
Mike LeDonne
b.1956
piano
, tenor saxophonist Dan Block, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso
Jon-Erik Kellso
Jon-Erik Kellso
b.1964
trumpet
and drummer Chuck Riggs
Chuck Riggs
Chuck Riggs
b.1951
drums
, playing blues-drenched takes of standards and a number of obscurities.

Count Basie, who enjoyed playing organ on occasion, penned "Swinging On a Daisy Chain," which Flory uses to feature Block in the lead with Kellso and LeDonne providing a pep section behind him. The breezy setting of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' "Bean-O" (written and named long before the popular over-the-counter medicine) also sizzles. Flory takes the lead in "The Lamp is Low" (a decades-old standard derived from a work by French Impressionist Maurice Ravel), producing a solid groove that would get any club audience patting their feet to the music. Flory's one original, "J H Blues," is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix but sounds little like the late rocker. Flory's fans will be surprised with this very different CD.


Track Listing: J H Blues; For You, For Me, Forever More; Swinging at The Daisy Chain; The Lamp Is Low; I Want a Little Girl; Three Little Words; Bean-O; Young and Foolish; A Beautiful Friendship; Vignette; Mister Goodbeat.

Personnel: Chris Flory: electric guitar; Mike LeDonne: organ; Dan Block: tenor sax; Jon-Erik Kellso: trumpet; Chuck Riggs: drums.

Record Label: Arbors Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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