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Brian Charette: Kurrent

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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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Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young The Bop Stop Cleveland, Ohio October 26, 2017 Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of 2017. Kurrent finds Charette in the company of drummer Jordan Young and guitarist Ben Monder, with each member of the trio adding electronic elements ...

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Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

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A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with the nagging feeling that Charette has so much more to say then can be contained in the radio-friendly time limits set by the label.

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Brian Charette/Jim Alfredson Organ Duo at Nighttown

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Brian Charette/Jim Alfredson Organ Duo Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio October 20, 2016 It's not often that you get the chance to hear two organists going head to head in a live setting. Jimmy Mc Griff and Groove Holmes did it, but few others have dared to tread in such territory. Nonetheless, if New York heavyweight Brian Charette and Michigan marvel Jim Alfredson have anything to do with it, we might see a new precedence set for ...

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Brian Charette: Once & Future

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Nobody who wields an instrument of any sort can truly escape the gravitational pull of history. There are many who try to fight it, but better to embrace what came before, acknowledge where a sound or concept originates, and use that knowledge as both a port of arrival and a point of departure. There are no severed ties between past, present, and future; there are only visible and obscured links. Organist Brian Charette's fourth album on the ...

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Brian Charette: Alphabet City

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Clearly producer Marc Free loves the jazz organ. His roster on the Posi-Tone label includes two of the best up and coming talents, Jared Gold and Brian Charette. Of his three albums for the label, Alphabet City may be Charette's best effort yet. While the previous Good Tipper relied too heavily on quirky versions of some odd pop tunes, this set is comprised of a dozen of his own originals and this makes all the difference. The opening ...

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Brian Charette: Alphabet City

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Alphabet City is organist Brian Charette's ninth album, titled for the part of Manhattan where he lives (in the building which featured on the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, apparently). He's alongside guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Rudy Royston, both familiar names on numerous other releases for Posi-tone Records: a standard, though high quality, organ trio, but the leader's compositions give it a far-from-standard repertoire.The 12 tunes, all originals, are all pretty short, pretty snappy and, in ...

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Brian Charette: Alphabet City

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Organist Brian Charette brings his A-game to Alphabet City. But who would expect anything else from this consummate artist? After delivering a covers-heavy program with two different trio lineups on Good Tipper (Posi-Tone, 2014), Charette returns here with an all-originals outing that finds him in the company of guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Rudy Royston. Alphabet City, in some respects, is an ode to Charette's New York city home, haunts and habits. But that minimizes the scope ...

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Brian Charette: Good Tipper

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Nine of the eleven tracks on organist Brian Charette's Square One (Posi-Tone, 2014) were originals, but that doesn't mean he's uninterested in tackling the music of others. In fact, judging by this album, it would seem that he really digs digging into covers. Everybody from film score icon John Barry to tunesmith Jimmy Webb to saxophonist Joe Henderson gets a nod during the fun-filled Good Tipper Charette has built a reputation as one of the most adventuresome ...


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