Dan Fogel: 15 West (2007)
Fogel doesn't aim to revolutionize the roads frequently traveled, but largely orchestrates a personalized spin on jazz standards. He often thrusts guitarist O'Donel Levy and tenor saxophonist Pete Chavez into energized forays, while stretching out in prominent fashion throughout. The band generates a Latin pulse, nicely-contrasted by Chavez's airy and edgy choruses on the bop classic, "A Night In Tunisia. Yet they alter the flow during the slow-tempo blues take on "Willow Weep For Me, marked by Fogel's drawling and vibrato-drenched chord phrasings. Moreover, he provides multihued tonalities, topped off by his silvery chord progressions and understated support for his fellow soloists' bluesy and blustery passages. And they slam matters into a higher-gear on the sprightly medium-tempo swing vamp of "Broadway.
This is an entertaining and irrefutably accessible effort that merges the raw fundamentals of the organ-combo vibe with a contemporary boost.
Track Listing: Just Friends; A Night in Tunisia; Blues After All; It's You or No One; Out of This World; 15 West; Willow Weep for Me; I Thought About You; Broadway.
Personnel: Dan Fogel: Hammond B-3 organ; O'Donel Levy: guitar; Pete Chavez: tenor sax; Webb Thomas: drums.
Record Label: Laughing Waters Records