222

Vince Seneri: Street Talk

By

Sign in to view read count
Vince Seneri: Street Talk This one's on the lightweight side, and devalued by an excess of percussion, probably mostly from poor balance during engineering.

"Steamrollin" is described as "dedicated and written for Jimmy Smith by Vince Seneri," but where Smith swung like ". . ." (quoting the three dots from somebody else's album title of long ago), the bad balance of boom chicka, boom-chick, etc., doesn't contribute drive but loads on needless emphases, like an excess of punctuation. It's not a natural balance, the super-clarity and over-crispness of drum sound sounding like a result of silly over-boosting. Or is it an electronic drum kit turned up too loud? I don't think so. The organist's bass part is tonally thin, like an electric bass rather than a good old pushing upright.

The first track doesn't help, because when you're looking for music to take you away from where you are, the ideally preferred destination usually doesn't resemble a supermarket. While all these guys can play, here there's some feel of a set of top line studio professionals not stretching themselves to make an organ jazz album, playing many of the same notes which (but never quite as) the masters did.

Bob DeVos' sometimes Wes Montgomery-ish guitar work is very competent, though slack on the opening title, as just for once is Dave Valentin's flute. On the other hand, the flute blends with Seneri's Hammond organ into amazing textures on "Straight No Chaser": I've never heard the like, and somebody could lift that with profit. Valentin's occasional rips and overblowings seem slightly out of place, though it's a nice try on his part and I'll remember his name.

"Fathead" Newman is his usual reliable self, and Houston Person plays some velvety mid-tempo tenor on "Walking My Baby Back Home." Person's ballad take on "These Foolish Things" is pretty good for quite a while, though there's only thin ice between the organist's skates and a lake of sentimentality. He doesn't go through, however, although Person finally plunges in with a splash of funk clichés that nobody will be hearing for the first time.

And all through there's "chikh," "chikk" from a cymbal on which the treble's turned up too high. It's not pretentious to talk of a lack of spiritual ambition here, given the affinities of this sort of organ jazz with the music called soul.


Track Listing: Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Unchain My Heart; Steamrollin'; Flamingo; Reccato Bossanova; These Foolish Things; Straight, No Chaser; Organ Boogaloo; Feat for FOUR; Beautiful Love; Walking My Baby Back Home; There Is No Greater Love.

Personnel: Vince Seneri: Hammond B3 organ; Bob DeVos: guitar; Buddy Williams: drums; Gary Fritz: Percussion; Dave 'Fathead' Newman: tenor sax (2,8); Dave Valentin: flute (1,5,7); Houston Person: tenor sax (4,6,11).

Title: Street Talk | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: SenFul


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read I Know Who I Am CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read With You In Mind CD/LP/Track Review With You In Mind
by Doug Collette
Published: July 26, 2017
Read Departure CD/LP/Track Review Departure
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 26, 2017
Read Roll On CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "Rímur" CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 15, 2017
Read "Zentuary" CD/LP/Track Review Zentuary
by John Kelman
Published: December 25, 2016
Read "The Late Trane" CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Satori" CD/LP/Track Review Satori
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 7, 2017
Read "Seasons 1-4 Live" CD/LP/Track Review Seasons 1-4 Live
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Atmosphères" CD/LP/Track Review Atmosphères
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 2, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.