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by Matthew Warnock
Here and Now is a hard-boppin' and soulful organ trio release by ex-pat Canadian guitarist Jake Langley, who now resides in New York City. After spending several years touring and recording with the Joey DeFrancesco trio, which was featured on Langley's previous album, Langley has opted to feature another trio on this record. It consists of organist Sam Yahel and drummer Ian Froman, with both musicians bringing a deep sense of groove and high level of creativity to every track. ...read more
by Raul d'Gama Rose
It would be wholly inappropriate to say that guitarist Jake Langley as arrived." In fact, he arrived a long time ago and makes up one third of one of two working bands that Hammond B3 master, Joey DeFrancesco takes on the road. On Movin' & Groovin' DeFrancesco and drummer, Byron Landham return the favor. It is a truly joyful spirit union for the three musicians. Langley believes that during the recording, the spirit of Hammond B3 master, Jimmy Smith moved ...read more
by Michael McCaw
Archtop guitarist Jake Langley makes no bones about his group's sound, noting we're not inventing anything new, but someone has to keep the [organ] tradition alive. And although the music on Diggin' In is dexterous and keeps with Langley's words, the proficiency of the album often outweighs its originality, which results in little surprise for the listener, nor any disappointment, save for the very issue of originality. Diggin' In simply exists as a pleasant vehicle for guitar, organ, ...read more
by Mark Sabbatini
Sometimes it's nice to get exactly what you expect after reading the cover, no more or less.
Guitarist Jake Langley's Diggin' In features organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Terry Clarke playing mostly standards in a Wes Montgomery vein. Learning that much by reading the CD cover suggests a contemporary Lee Ritenour-style treatment with enough twists from DeFrancesco's presence for an intelligent recreational listen. The sort of album, in other words, for unwinding after a long day when one ...read more