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Corey Christiansen Quartet: Outlaw Tractor (2010)

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Guitarist extraordinaire Corey Christiansen displays a crisp attack with scorching solos on Outlaw Tractor, a disc full of no-nonsense, organ-based, groovy jazz. Christiansen, who is also a well-known educator and author of guitar-related instructional material, recruits the talents of organist Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi
b.1975
organ, Hammond B3
to create a rollicking vibe reminiscent of the classic pairing of Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
and Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
in the 1960s.

The irresistible boogaloo, "Down Time," and Larry Young
Larry Young
Larry Young
1940 - 1978
organ, Hammond B3
-style blues waltz, "Carefree," set the tone of the session with extended, blues-based bop from Christiansen, Bianchi and saxophonist David Halliday. With traces of the late sax giant Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
, Halliday sets the pace to the funky "When You Want," a clear-cut piece with a slightly angular theme. "Starstepper" showcases the quartet's penchant for straight-ahead blowing, especially from Christiansen, and a tireless pulse from drummer Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
Matt Jorgensen
b.1972
drums
.

Jorgensen, a diverse drummer who is able to shift musical gears easily, lays down an unsympathetic backbeat on the title track, and kicks things into high gear on the up-tempo swing of "Big Kids," featuring an explosive solo from Bianchi. The funk returns once more, to end the disc with the craftily titled "The Penguins Deserve Better." Here, Christiansen shows off his rock chops, with a wah-wah pedal tastefully thrown in for good measure.

With every tune a winner, Outlaw Tractor is a fun-filled ride, full of irresistible grooves from a quartet that is rock-solid.

Track Listing: Down Time; Carefree; When You Want; Starstepper; Outlaw Tractor; Big Kids; The Penguins Deserve Better.

Personnel: Corey Christiansen: guitar; David Halliday: saxophone; Pat Bianchi: organ; Matt Jorgensen: drums.

Record Label: Origin Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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