Saturday, 22 August 2009

Akiko Tsuruga “Sweet & Funky”

Akiko Tsuruga

“Sweet & Funky”
( LP 18th & Vine Records, 2007 )
Catalog # 1052

1. Meanie Queeni [ 5:14]
2. DLG [ 5:21]
3. Sweet and Lovely [ 6:25]
4. Stormy Weather [ 4:37]
5. Saving All My Love for You [ 5:43]
6. Where Is the Love [ 4:24]
7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams [ 5:56]
8. Mushi-Mushi [ 5:27]
9. Booga Lou [ 3:59]
10.Broadway [ 5:47]

Akiko Tsuruga (Hammond b-3 organ)
Eric Johnson (guitar)
Vince Ector (drums)
Wilson ‘Chembo’ Corniel (percussion)

Japanese-born Akiko Tsuruga has lived in New York since 2001. Sweet and Funky is her breakthrough record, showing that she can hold her own with virtually every other jazz organist. Her style fits well into ’60s/’70s soul-jazz and hard bop styles, grooving like Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith and the other great organists of the era without directly copying any of them. She swings her way through standards, blues and three originals, never losing her momentum, drive or flow of rhythmic ideas. Guitarist Eric Johnson (who takes plenty of fine solos), drummer Vince Ector and percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel all have plenty of experience in this type of organ group and keep the music swinging and grooving. Based on the performances on Sweet and Funky, Akiko Tsuruga ranks as one of the top organists around today and, with luck, this is only the beginning.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Celo

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