Cecil Brooks III: Hot Dog (2009)
Brooks holds the fort down with crisp and powerful drumming during these straightforward and unpretentiously executed works. With Bobby Hebbs' pop classic "Sunny," the trio does indeed parallel the song title with a radiant and at times, spunky workout, enamored by guitarist Matt Chertkoff's weeping chord progressions. Then Brooks lays it all out towards the finale with a vividly poetic solo.
The band works within a breezy methodology amid some hot and nasty riffing by organist Kyle Koehler, who also delves into some heated call-and-response mechanisms with his band mates. On the Burt Bacharach/Hal David hit "They Long To Be Close To You," the artists get knee-deep into the classic jazz-organ combo format, spiced with the soloists bluesy phrasings. They inject a prominent groove quotient into the parts of the whole as memorable hooks are equalized by the soloists' buoyant exchanges, nicely exploiting Brooks' nifty arrangements.
Track Listing: Penn Relays; Sunny; Hey Joe; Don't Know Why; Tu Tu; Heaven; Theme from "Mannix;" They Long To Be Close To You; Cecil Brooks III Introducing The Band.
Personnel: Cecil Brooks III: drums; Kyle Koehler: organ; Matt Chertkoff: guitar.
Record Label: Savant Records