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Brian Charette: Good Tipper

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Nine of the eleven tracks on organist Brian Charette's Square One (Posi-Tone, 2014) were originals, but that doesn't mean he's uninterested in tackling the music of others. In fact, judging by this album, it would seem that he really digs digging into covers. Everybody from film score icon John Barry to tunesmith Jimmy Webb to saxophonist Joe Henderson gets a nod during the fun-filled Good Tipper Charette has built a reputation as one of the most adventuresome yet respectful organists operating today, something that's evident on this album when you hear him cook on a twenty-bar blues ...

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Eric Schugren/Vin Scialla/Brian Charette/Mike DiRubbo: Wake Up!

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Wake-Up! is one of those surprises that jazz lovers live for. The names--four of them on the very well-designed, 1960s Blue Note Records-like cover--aren't top shelf in terms of profile. They might even be completely unfamiliar to the less than fanatical jazz fans. But what a band! What a set! There's just something that says “lacking pretense" about a set of good old-fashioned organ combo sounds. Grant Green, Larry Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff are names familiar for organ group releases, beginning with the format's heyday in the late 50s and early 60'sixties. What drummer ...

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Brian Charette: Square One

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It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but that can be a double edged sword with respect to self-expression and individuality. Reverence to past influences such as the pioneering organists Larry Young and Jimmy Smith is commonly heard in many contemporary jazz organ players including New York based Brian Charette who breathes originality in 2014's The Question That Drives Us (SteepleChase) and particularly 2012's Music for Organ Sextette (SteepleChase). Both feature that iconic Hammond B3 sound within a larger ensemble mashing up a progressive blend of jazz and chamber music influences. But the ...

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Brian Charette: The Question That Drives Us and Square One

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Classically trained pianist turned organist Brian Charette is an accomplished master of the Hammond B3 with an elegant yet passionate touch. His signature style imbues the many recordings of his various ensembles with a light, crisp sound and an effervescent melodicism that is, unapologetically, mainstream without being pedestrian. In 2014 Charette cut two charmingly seductive albums that delight and gratify without experimenting with innovation or breaking any radically new ground. Brian Charette The Question That Drives Us Steeplechase Records 2014 His sixth release on the Danish Steeplechase label The Question That Drives Us ...

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Take Five With Brian Charette

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Meet Brian Charette: Grammy-nominated organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has worked with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson and countless others. Charette is a Hammond endorsed, SteepleChase and Posi-Tone recording artist. In 2013, Charette released Borderline(Steeplechase), his sixth as a leader and was rated with 3 ½ stars in Downbeat. His recordings have been dubbed as “Reliably burning" by Jazz Times and he has been called a “Master of space and time" by WGBO. In ...

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Four From The Posi-Tone Pile

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Some labels release a few records a year; some put out a record every month or two; and then there are those, like the Los Angeles-based Posi-Tone Records, that prefer to push even more music through the pipeline. As 2014 came into being, Posi-Tone began an ambitious release schedule, putting out a new album every few weeks. Those who cover jazz and follow the scene intently can't seem to turn around these days without bumping into one of their discs. Everything from groove dates to post-bop parties to beyond-the-norm entries fly under the banner of this small-but-thriving ...

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Martina Fiserova & Brian Charette: Clearing Fields

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This collaboration between vocalist Martina Fiserova and keyboardist Brian Charette is one that was twenty years in the making before finally bearing fruit on Clearing Fields.Recorded in Prague, Czech Republic--where Fiserova makes her home and New Yorker Charette has established himself as a jazz educator and bandleader---this is one of those records that was meant to happen. Being the daughter of a Czech jazz musician, Fiserova is well-versed in the standards songbook, and dove into her role with confidence and enthusiasm. Charette, on the other hand, is a master accompanist who knows how to make a singer shine.



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