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Getting down and getting funky, Ken Clark heats things up with a hip attitude. His trio provides the spark to get things moving as the program moves dynamically through eclectic moods. Clark's song list, consisting mostly of originals, affords plenty of variety. From slow, romantic R&B to hip-hop stompers, he grooves with spirit.
Drummer Steve Chaggaris provides a striking backbeat, guitarist Mike Mele solos with fire, and organist Ken Clark creates murals that are made up of "organic" elements. It's true-life stuff from the guys down the street. Clark's trio lends that kind of a credible familiarity to the program.
"Mutual Respect" stutters with a driving swirl. The trio's anthem allows heels to cool while pushing forward in a motion designed for comfort. The song's structure allows them room for an explosion of creative fire. Here, they've captured the essence of mutual respect by working together cohesively to release spasms of energy. Clark sings "Close the Door" with blues on his mind. Romantic R&B colors give the room a glow that's suited to a sultry mood, as the trio oozes with the spirit.
The trio's lightweight funk session comes with a familiar appearance. You get the feeling that you've met these players before. Like the house band from your favorite downtown nightspot, Ken Clark's organ trio gives you the kind of performance that rings familiar.
Track Listing: K Mart Special; Lil' Joe; The New Sound; For Now; Close the Door; I Just Woke Up; Kato; Mutual Respect; Nocturne; Frustration; Influence.
Personnel: Ken Clark: organ, electric piano, vocals; Mike Mele: guitar; Steve Chaggaris: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.