All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Sermon Organ Combo: Sermon Organ Combo

Jerome Wilson By

Sign in to view read count
American jazz styles have been travelling all over the world and getting absorbed by local musicians for close to a century now. Therefore there's nothing unusual about a soul-jazz organ trio coming out of Denmark, but the Sermon Organ Combo have a lot more going on than just playing recycled Jimmy Smith licks.

This trio draws from many different sources. You can hear traces of New Orleans, the Caribbean, Africa, Memphis and other places on this disc which is only available as a vinyl album or download. "Millimeterdemokrati" splices together bubbling, funky organ, twangy Steve Cropper-like soul guitar and choppy, tumbling drums. "Congo Car Chase" is a faster, more uptown style of funk with leader Bergur Nielsen biting off swirling guitar riffs around Lasse Funch Sorensen's in-the-groove drumming.

"Mogadishu" and "Kapelmonster" are two instances of the combo playing sweet, chicken-scratch funk. On the former there is an African tinge to Nielsen's guitar playing while on the latter, he adds greasy slide guitar that pushes the track into the realm of an Allman Brothers Band or Gov't Mule cut. "Blues Of Buddy Thompkins" stretches the trio's sound into the pop exotica of the Sixties, with Nielsen picking out what could be the theme to a vintage spy movie over cascading organ and knocking percussion.

"Hootenanny" is a fun hybrid with martial drum rolls, creeping organ fills and slow slide guitar out of Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk" bookending a slab of fast-tempoed classic organ jazz with Rasmus Stenholm really wailing. "Hogwash Shuffle" is the relaxed bluesy shuffle its title suggests and "Dear" ends the album with a ballad featuring solemn organ and slowly picked guitar.

The Sermon Organ Combo plays fun music that mixes together a lot of different styles. They can be incorrigibly funky, lay down fast jazz romps or recreate vintage pop with the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humor. If they ever made it into the jam band circuit, they would get a lot of people's attention.

Track Listing: Mogadishu; Millimeterdemokrati; Congo Car Chase; Blues of Buddy Thompkins; Hootenanny; Hogwash Shuffle; Kapelmonster; Dear.

Personnel: Bergur Nielsen: guitar; Rasmus Stenholm: Hammond B3; Lasse Funch Sorensen: drums.

Title: Sermon Organ Combo | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Gateway Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Between the Silence CD/LP/Track Review
Between the Silence
by John Kelman
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Flying CD/LP/Track Review
Flying
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Barxeta II CD/LP/Track Review
Barxeta II
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Vidas Simples CD/LP/Track Review
Vidas Simples
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Kinship CD/LP/Track Review
Kinship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Ask For Chaos CD/LP/Track Review
Ask For Chaos
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 18, 2018
Read "Art in the Age of Automation" CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Love & Surrender" CD/LP/Track Review Love & Surrender
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 9, 2018
Read "Der Dichter Spricht" CD/LP/Track Review Der Dichter Spricht
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Lyn Stanley – The Moonlight Sessions, Volume 2
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 12, 2017
Read "Agrima" CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 13, 2017
Read "Music in Motian" CD/LP/Track Review Music in Motian
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 19, 2018