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When Czechoslovakian organist Ondrej Pivec ventured to New York City with fellow countryman drummer Tomas Hobzek, a recording session was arranged with Brooklyn-based, Canadian guitarist Jake Langley and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm. The resulting disc, Overseason, is a groove-oriented collection of soulful sounds, steeped in the organ combo tradition and brimming with hard-hitting, progressive solos.
Pivec's compositions, which make up the bulk of the disc's material, are full of melodic hooks and funky grooves. The opening track, "Song for Sam," has a gospel vibe that recalls the recordings organist Larry Goldings made with guitarist John Scofield in the 1990s. "Nine Days Wonder," propelled by Hobzek's solid back-beat produces some intensified lines by Langley and Frahm.
Other disc highlights include a Larry Young-influenced rendering of "Invitation"recalling the late organists legendary sessions from the 1960s with guitarist Grant Green and drummer Elvin Jonesand a heavy- handed run through of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge."
Pivec demonstrates a thorough understanding of the Hammond B3 tradition, laying down convincing bass lines and soloing with ample amounts of greasy fervor. Through lucid lines and thick voicings, the organist evokes the lushness of Don Patterson and the drenched blues of Jimmy Smith.
All in all, Overseason is an intense, yet toe-tapping experience that beckons for repeated listening.
Track Listing: Song for Sam; Invitation; Nine Days Wonder; Overseason; Beautiful Smile; The Red Land Town; Blues for Doc;
Personnel: Ondrej Pivec: organ; Jake Langley: guitar; Tomas Hobzek: drums; Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone.
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland. The best show I ever attended was Earl Hines when I was in middle school. My Dad took me. The first jazz record I bought was a Dinah Washington LP. My advice to new listeners is to find artists and composers that are not mainstream. Go outside the box. Please don't just purchase what they are pushing on iTunes.