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Kevin Coelho's debut, Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3, is a tight trio affair that showcases the young organist's versatility as he successfully cooks his way through originals, R&B songs and fusion and bop standards.
Coelho brings a religious celebratory feel to teacher Randy Master's "Take A Stand," as his Hammond B3 lets forth spiritual and sophisticated harmonies. This contrasts well with the unabashedly sensual groove of Dr. Lonnie Smith
's "Play it Back." Harking back to Blaxploitation film soundtracks, Coelho's solo is both viscerally moving and intellectually satisfying. Reggie Jackson's rhythmically complex drum work drives the tune with hard rock intensity.
to whom Coelho has dedicated the original, hard-swinging "McJimmy," the organist's lyrical improvisation beautifully constructed on its deceptively simple melody. Guitarist Derek DiCenzo's elaborate yet earthy linearity adds a bop-ish flair that is further enhanced by Jackson's edgy approach.
Coelho is able to deftly tackle a piece as intelligently elaborate as Miles Davis