Highly-regarded New York City session guitarist Tom Dempsey's sixth solo endeavor pays homage to the classic organ combo format, topped with a piquant sense of swing. Tuneful and capacious, the guitarist's dark- toned sound nicely parallels with organist Ron Oswanski's warm phrasings, synchronous progressions and sleek solos. Dempsey's Wes Montgomery-like chord solos and soul-jazz riffs are a constant, as the band occasionally raises the pitch on a program, featuring his original works and modern jazz standards. They don't break new ground, but it's largely about a symbiotic group focus, plotted with melodic motifs. One of the more captivating ...read more
The New York-based team of guitarist Tom Dempsey and bassist Tim Ferguson has been playing as a duo over the course of the past twenty years. It is, indeed, a shame that knowledge of the quality of this music appears to be a state secret.
Their collaborative What's Going On? provides not only a keen display of their playing ability, but quite a diverting set list. The pair opens with Hank Jones' Interface," then slide into Marvin Gaye's 1970s R&B hit What's Going On?"--a tune meaningful to both musicians as an ecological warning. The traditional spiritual, Deep River," ...read more
What's Going On?, the duo CD from guitarist Tom Dempsey and bassist Tim Ferguson, is a winning combination of standards and originals in a most intimate setting. The pair has played together for almost two decades and this is evident by the intuitive way they support each other throughout the album. The duo chose an eclectic mix of tunes for the CD: Interface," a great soloing vehicle by Hank Jones; the grooving classic Marvin Gaye title track and a slew of standards like Isfahan," Stardust and Soul Eyes." Dempsey and Ferguson contribute some originals as well; on ...read more