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Album Review

Brian Charette: Jackpot

Read "Jackpot" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In the tradition of some great Hammond organ players of the past, such as Jack McDuff, Melvin Rhyne, Don Patterson, Larry Young and Jimmy Smith, one leading practitioner on this instrument, Brian Charette, wanted to write some swinging and soulful bebop tunes which would honor the memory of these past greats. The musicians Charette chose to travel on this journey were steeped in this genre, tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds, funky guitarist Ed Cherry and the swinging drummer Bill Stewart. To ...

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Album Review

Brian Charette: Like the Sun

Read "Like the Sun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


With time on his hands, neurons firing fast and a serious hankering for tinkering, organist and keyboard whiz Brian Charette created what can best be described as an integrated groove orchestrion with catholic tastes. Using samplers, drum machines and arpeggiators programmed to react to and accompany his playing, Charette birthed a man-meets-machine outfit bent on exploring the outer limits, welding atmospherics to grooves, and forwarding catchy and playful lines that seem tailor-made for their territory, though the reverse is actually ...

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Take Five With...

Take Five With Brian Charette

Read "Take Five With Brian Charette" reviewed by Brian Charette


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 2019, Charette released Beyond Borderline (Steeplechase), his sixth as a leader and was rated with 3 ½ stars in Downbeat. His recordings have been ...

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Live Review

Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY July 15, 2018 Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In A Sentimental Mood." Without a moment's hesitation, Charette's organ and the drums of Jordan Young fell right into place. Whether genuinely spontaneous or a ...

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Album Review

Brian Charette: Groovin' With Big G

Read "Groovin' With Big G" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Groovin' With Big G was destined to come about. When a young Brian Charette was cutting his teeth on jazz piano gigs in his home state of Connecticut in the early '90s, he wound up working dates with drummer George Coleman Jr The two struck up a friendship, and Coleman's encouragement helped Charette make the leap to New York a few years later. Coleman even let the budding pianist crash in his rehearsal studio for a spell. ...

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Year in Review

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these days eludes this reviewer's understanding. As such, some might deem my year end compendium as too safe or mainstream. I prefer to think of ...

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Album Review

Brian Charette: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The density of new releases and their voluminous level of innovation and experimentation in the current New York jazz scene is somewhat remarkable. The usage of Synthesizers, programming and bending up to completely dissolving compositional structure, as ever so often exemplified by Mary Halvorson, are experiments more and more frequently encountered every day. Leading jazz organ voice Brian Charette finds his rightful place among these evolutionary artists and proves this once more with his newest Circuit Bent Organ ...


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