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...

296

Will Sellenraad & Root Down: Star Hustler

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
The great organ trios of the '60s were sustained by people who loved fun, carefree, and relative music. Whether in smoky clubs, or backwoods watering holes, the music was for, and about the people. The visceral art of the jazz organ trio is exactly what Will Sellenraad & Root Down's Star Hustler delivers. To the point: Music that is simply funky, entertaining, and engaging. The backwoods of guitarist Sellenraad are the concrete streets of New York, where he has gigged with a variety of area musicians and notables from Brian Blade to Victor Lewis. His own group Root Down exploits the talents of Brian Charette on organ and Darren Beckett on drums.

A heavy groove flavor here brings to mind past great trios, but it's updated with a modern approach. This music is not about the quick burn, but more so a tempered heat that cooks slow. Sellenraad's skillful fingers provide sizzling solos, but also a nice rhythm work on the groovacious cut "Leprechaun." His clean sound, with mature, and thoughtful chops enliven the great Lonnie Smith funk jam 'Play it Back.' Organist Charette does a fine job on the B3, dishing out the goods whether soloing or comping. His Hammond purrs, speaks, or screams, to fit the mood. Drummer Darren Beckett shows impressive cymbal work on the smooth number 'Major Mishap.' With a nice mix of originals as well as covers, the mix is not monotonous. The cr'me of the grits might just be the stellar Wayne Shorter composition 'Armageddon,' which offers solid evidence that the modern jazz organ trio still lies in capable hands.


Track Listing: 1. Go Get It 2. Leprechaun 3. Star Hustler 4. 197 Henry 5. Bag of Jewels 6. Play it Back 7. Live Wire 8. Major Mishap 9. Frightened People 10. Armageddon 11. Go Get It

Personnel: Will Sellenraad - guitar; Brian Charette - Hammond B3 organ; Darren Beckett - drums

Title: Star Hustler | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Tintop Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Waiting

Waiting

Will Sellenraad
Streams

Balance

Balance

Will Sellenraad
Balance

Album Reviews
Take Five With...
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Balance

Balance

Beezwax Records
2009

buy
Star Hustler

Star Hustler

Tintop Records
2003

buy
Streams

Streams

Self Produced
0

buy

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969 Album Reviews
Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition Album Reviews
Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition
By Doug Collette
January 19, 2019
Read Circuits Album Reviews
Circuits
By Sammy Stein
January 19, 2019
Read MPS: 50 Years Album Reviews
MPS: 50 Years
By Chris M. Slawecki
January 19, 2019
Read East Of The Sun Album Reviews
East Of The Sun
By David A. Orthmann
January 18, 2019
Read Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz Album Reviews
Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz
By Mark Corroto
January 18, 2019
Read Rhythm Kaleidoscope Album Reviews
Rhythm Kaleidoscope
By Troy Dostert
January 18, 2019