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Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo

Read "Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Beatles songbook has been coming into blues and jazz focus over the last decade as evidenced in the recordings The Blues White Album (Telarc, 2003) and Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles (Summit Records, 2003). Two recent records pop to the surface reprising this interest. Mick Kolassa & Mark Telesca You Can't Do That!--Acoustic Beatles Blues Swing Suit Records 2017 The Beatles songbook is a hard sell ...

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Organissimo: Alive & Kickin'

Read "Alive & Kickin'" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The title of Organissimo's first live recording, Alive & Kickin', is a great description of how a guitar/organ trio live record should sound. Just about everything on this set comes homegrown by this Michigan trio: organ player Jim Alfredson met guitarist Joe Gloss in a Michigan State University (MSU) jazz class; the duo eventually became a trio completed by drummer Randy Marsh, whose experience playing for organists Jimmy Smith and Shirley Scott proved invaluable to the band's soulful yet freestyle ...

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organissimo: Groovadelphia

Read "Groovadelphia" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

For a testament to what a trio can accomplish when they spend years working together, look no farther than organissimo. Over the course of nearly a decade, organist Jim Alfredson, guitarist Joe Gloss and drummer Randy Marsh have developed strong group instincts and a knowing way of approaching every groove. As a result, Groovadelphia can keep heads bopping for quite some time.

“Senor Buffet" shows off the best of the band. Marsh drives an exciting Latin groove into a swing ...

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Organissimo: This Is The Place

Read "This Is The Place" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Organissimo has struck a chord with the music buying public. Pouring the hot butter richness of a Hammond B3 over a funky backbeat with a side of tart and tasty guitar, the group's sound is damn near irresistible. With This Is The Place, the trio has overcome the dreaded sophomore slump by maintaining and consolidating the success of Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters...

The slow gospel stroll of “Brother Ray is ...

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Organism: The Jazz Organ Renaissance

Read "Organism: The Jazz Organ Renaissance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There has been in the last number of years a Renaissance of sorts for the jazz organ. Sam Yahel, Peter Goldstein, and Tony Monaco, all have made their mark in the jazz organ arena. The road pioneered by Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith has been given way to Medeski, Martin, and Wood and Soullive. Submitted for your approval are several recent organ jazz offerings, some greasy, some wholesome. Mike Kennedy

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Organissimo: Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters

Read "Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Organissimo injects their unique brand of organ trio music with a shot of James Brown. Drummer Randy Marsh, more often that not, lays down a greasy funk, supported by organist Jim Alfredson's pedals--more like a Friday Night fish fry than chicken and ribs by the river. Guitarist Joe Gloss applies a sheen of respectability to this grease before he turns up the calories and really sends the funk into overdrive. And this is all before you get beyond the opener, ...


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