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Guitarist Charlie Apicella & Iron City get down to the gritty business of delivering variations of funk and soul jazz on The Business, a well-crafted, vibrant grind of guitar-organ sounds supported by percussion and saxophone voices in an exciting quintet format. Though Apicella's playing style has been compared to that of Wes Montgomery
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
, 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
, 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.