Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business (2011)
Strong performances from drummer Alan Korzin and organist Dave Mattock drive the funk-styled title piece along firmly, conveying the message that this album is now "open for business." "64 Cadillac" takes on a percussive flair, with Mayra Casales pounding the congas, accompanied by tenor saxophoist Stephen Riley and Apicella's light riffs. Grant Green's "Donny Brook" and Apicella's "Ironcity"apparently misspelled on the back cover as "Ironicity"flow briskly, embracing an assertive bop-ish texture.
Apicella enters center stage with a charming performance on the only soft ballad of the disc, evoking memories of Elvis Presley with the lovely "Can't Help Falling In Love." The group takes a soulful approach on "Cantaloupe Woman," a tune from Blue Note house drummer Ben Dixon Quintet, while turning in another hard-driving performance on the Stitt standard, "Blue String." The funk returns on Mattock's "The Shaw Shuffle," as the band borrows from the Turrentine songbook to close the business of this session in percussive, blistering fashion with a lengthy rendition of "Stanley's Time."
On its impressive debut, Sparks (CMJ Jazz, 2010), Charlie Apicella & Iron City drew on music from Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson, visiting material from the organ trios of earlier times. The group remains true to this foundation with The Business , while venturing into modern territory and displaying a flair for the funkier side of jazz.
Track Listing: The Business; 64 Cadillac; Donny Brook; Ironcity; Can't Help Falling In Love; Cantaloupe Woman; Blue String; The Shaw Shuffle; Stanley's Time.
Personnel: Charlie Apicella: guitar; Dave Mattock: Hammond organ; Alan Korzin: drums; Stephen Riley: tenor saxophone; Mayra Casales: congas, percussion.
Record Label: Carlo Music