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Don Patterson/Booker Ervin/Houston Person: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Patterson is in the company of two of the 60s most formidable tenors on the pair of sessions collected on this disc. Person is first to bat and fronts a quartet rounded out by Martino and James. His brawny, resonant tone is a worthy compliment to Patterson’s adroit keyboard attack and the strength of their match portends the fireworks that quickly ensue. James was Patterson’s regular drummer on most of the organist’s dates for Prestige. His understated, but supportive percussion ...

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Don Patterson: Steady Comin' At Ya

Read "Steady Comin' At Ya" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Don Patterson (1936-1988) wasn't the most distinctive organist to follow on the heels of Jimmy Smith's success. But, like Larry Young and Shirley Scott who also played piano first, Patterson was undoubtedly one of the more melodic and lyrical of organ practitioners. What's more, while his more popular peers ventured into soul jazz, funk and pop, Patterson stayed firmly rooted within the bop tradition. He recorded a whopping 15 albums for Prestige between 1964 and 1969, then recorded ...