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by David Adler
Leaderless dates aren't an everyday occurrence in jazz, nor are organ trio sessions featuring trumpet rather than, say, guitar. This particular collaboration, Project O, features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Gary Versace on organ and Jon Wikan on drums. The three principals have found a supportive home for their labor of love on Montreal's Justin Time label, and they make a point of devoting the back flap to the faces not only of special guests Steve Wilson (alto sax, alto flute), ...read more
by Nic Jones
Without denigrating trumpeter Ingrid Jensen's efforts in any way, it's organist Gary Versace's playing that makes all the difference on this date. If his work has any echoes at all, then they're of Larry Young, as opposed to Jimmy Smith, and in this respect, such is the deftness of his touch, Versace shares his approach to his instrument with the likes of such contemporaries as Dan Wall and Sam Yahel, both of whom have shown a similar depth of harmonic ...read more