Deep Blue Organ Trio: Deep Blue Bruise (2004)
While this is not a progressive new flavor of the organ combo, what clearly is apparent is the energy, passion, and deep feeling the trio delivers to the music. Broom, a masterful guitarist (see Modern Man and Stand! ), brings serious jazz chops with smoothness and continues to pave the way with a style that is reminiscent of other greats, yet he has his own voice. Rockingham holds the timing and fills in the spaces nicely with precision, while the backbone of the trio lies in the hands of Foreman, who brings not only jazz but also elements of gospel (he plays on Sundays at a local church) and blues. His touch and level of playing trancends mere academics and relays the message that he's feeling what he's playing.
All these various roots flourish in this strong recording as the trio works out ten selections with ease; the only original piece is the title selection. It makes no difference because they do an outstanding job in transforming old favorites into newly revised works that are totally fresh. The selections include jazz standards ("These Foolish Things"), R&B covers (Prince's "Raspberry Beret"), and rock songs (The Doors' "Light My Fire"), each given distinct facelifts.
The trio is the essence of cool, whether delivering complex vamps, heated solos, or tempered ballads. One of the highlights is a remake of the '70s supergroup Earth Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love" where Foreman and Broom mirror the funky melody with a nimble exactness and killer solos as Rockingham lays down a sweet rhythm. If you want to hear the real deal, then check out the trio in the Windy City, but until then Deep Blue Bruise is the next best thing to being there.
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Track Listing: 1. These Foolish Things; 2. Cafe Regio's; 3. It Was A Very Good Year; 4. Rasberry Beret; 5. Granted; 6. Can't Hide Love; 7. Willow Weep For Me; 8. Light My Fire; 9. Polka Dots And Moonbeams; 10. Deep Blue Bruise.
Personnel: Chris Foreman - Hammond organ; Bobby Broom - guitar; Greg Rockingham - drums.
Record Label: Delmark Records