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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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.read more
Finding an organ in a gathering of more than four in jazz seems to be taboo, yet no logic exists behind this unspoken truth. The organ is constantly making friends with guitars and drums, with the occasional singular horn dropping by to converse with them, but the possibility of a broader social circle always seems to elude this unwieldy instrument. Thankfully, organist Brian Charette is helping to rectify this issue.On Music For Organ Sextette, Charette weaves a unique and gripping aural tapestry together with a mélange of woodwinds serving as the thread. He channels his energy into creating ...read more
While there've been a few exceptions, many jazz organ-based recordings deliver the same old grind of not deviating too far from the Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland grease and grits format. But not in the case of Brian Charette's Music for Organ Sextette , a release that balances harmonically complex ideas with catchy melodies. The Grammy nominated artist has worked with names from Chaka Khan to Joni Mitchell, is active in New York and has released a number of recordings, but what sets this release apart from the rest is Charette's open musicality and execution with a ...read more
The typical jazz trio consists of bass, drums and a lead instrument--usually a guitar, saxophone, organ or piano. Brian Charette sidesteps this ideal with something as interesting as it is off the proverbial beaten path. Organist Charette also plays the piano and uses a laptop computer in creating the sounds for Missing Floor. For accompaniment, he does have a drummer in Jochen Rueckert. Leon Gruenbaum completes the ensemble, playing piano and Samchillian, which is a computer keyboard that creates digital music. Yue Fei" is straightforward, with Charette carrying the load most of the way, ...read more
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