"B3 organ and guitar have always been such a great combination. Something about the sustain of the organ and the percussiveness attack of the guitar are very complimentary." Dan Baraszu
The words of guitarist Dan Baraszu really held true while listening to his new collaboration with B3 phenom Dave Ellington titled Organ Trio. Rounding out the trio is drummer Marlon Patton who also engineered the album. The interplay between organ and guitar is exceptional throughout the album.
The blistering "Road Rage" starts the album with Baraszu and Ellington trading fiery solos throughout the songs four minutes. Patton's drum work remains in the background more often than not preferring subtlety and finesse over raw power. The funky "The Doodah Man" is next with its percolating organ groove and busy drum work and is rounded out by Baraszu's eloquent guitar solos. The feel good vibe continues with "Circles", a classic jazz sounding piece with tremendous interaction between all three musicians. Patton's work on the snare is particularly satisfying trading off with Ellington's inspired organ runs. The album ends with a fine rendition of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova", a sizzling interpretation of the already familiar classic.
Fans of B3 organ and classic jazz should find a lot to like with Organ Trio. A great combination of solid tunes and excellent musicianship. Released on Blue Canoe Records.
1. Road Rage (4:15)
2. The Doodah Man (6:32)
3. Circles (3:48)
4. Shirley's Scott It! (7:15)
5. Dominant Curve (5:52)
6. For Us (3:31)
7. Creature Of Ill Temper (6:21)
8. Slipslider (6:53)
9. Smudge (5:37)
10. Blues For Leigh (6:21)
11. Soul Bossa Nova (3:53)
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