Organist/drummer Linda Dachtyl, by virtue of her percussion-keys intersection, makes a fitting and insightful interpreter of the jazz organ repertoire. She displayed considerable command of this on her recording, For Hep Cats (Summit, 2008). On the present A Late One, Dachtyl steps out of the organ grinder box to expand her pedal palette in to areas less greasy than Jimmy Smith and more user-friendly than Larry Young.
Dachtyl opts for a larger band on this recording, taking things all the way up to the "little big" band she uses on a swinging "Topsy." Dachtyl plays both organ and drums on this 1937 Edgar Battle and Eddie Durham piece made famous by Benny Goodman and previously recorded by Count Basie. It is a swing piece to be sure with a tart clarinet solo by Mark Donavan. Dachtyl sets up an intense rumble for the piece, propelling it through the spirit of Gene Krupa. Her organ is center, but beside the point. Her drumming is precise and potent. This piece is so successful, can a big band recording be far behind.
Linda Dachtyl: Hammond Organ, drums; Don Hales: Guitar; Cary Dachtyl
Bryan Olsheski: tenor saxophone; Mark Donavan: clarinet; Dale
Nawrocki: trumpet; Bob Masters: trumpet; Jim Masters: trombone.