Friday, 6 November 2009

Melvin Rhyne ''Front & Center''

Melvin Rhyne

''Front And Center''
( Criss Cross Jazz Records, 2006 )
Catalog # 1290

King David I (Melvin Rhyne)
Yesterday's Child (Charles DeForrest)
All Blues (Miles Davis)
When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter / Spencer Williams)
I Hear A Rhapsody (Jack Baker / George Fragos / Dick Gasparre)
A.P.J. (Melvin Rhyne)
Bamboo (Mani Neumeir / Peter Hollinger)
I Want To Talk About You (Billy Eckstine)
Bones (Peter Bernstein)
Jordu (Duke Jordan)
King David II (Melvin Rhyne)

Personnel & Credits:
Melvin Rhyne (Hammond B3 Organ)
Peter Bernstein (G)
Ray Appleton (D)
Gildas Boclé Photography
Max Bolleman Engineer
David A. Orthmann Liner Notes
Gerry Teekens Producer, Cover Design

Hammond B-3 master Melvin Rhyne's eighth Criss Cross release as a leader is another sterling chapter in his association with guitarist Peter Bernstein. Their exquisite rapport is assisted by another one of Rhyne's longtime colleagues, drummer Ray Appleton.
The trio skillfully maneuvers through a program of choice items from the American Popular Songbook, classic jazz compositions like 'All Blues' and 'Jordu', as well as Rhyne's originals.
Readily moving from blues to ballads to up-tempo burners, Rhyne and company make this an essential addition to his impressive discography.
Total Time: 56:23
Recorded March 16, 2006 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman

By Pier


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Anonymous said...

Many, many thanks for posting these two Melvin Rhyne albums!

'Classmasters' and 'Front & Center'

I couldn't image that both albums would show up after my request. And in no time at all!

Both albums are great jazz organ albums, but still, if I had to pick one over the other, I would go for 'Front & Center'. It has a bit more 'flow' (yes, I know, it's a really un-tangible quality, but that's the best word I have to describe the difference).

Another difference is that 'Front & Center' has a better sound reproduction of those deep all-important organ left hand bass lines. Mel Rhyne has, by the way, a very solid left hand with impeccable timing. Not as flashy as the No. 1 of jazz organ bass lines: Richard 'Groove' Holmes, but Rhyne's bass lines are up there with the rest of the top-tier players.

In general, Rhyne is very skilled in the difficult art of not over-playing the mighty organ. The Hammond B-3/C-3/A-100 and their clonewheels, like the New B-3, are all instruments that may tempt the player to go for full tilt a tad too much (e.g. the undisputed No. 1 jazz organ player today, Joey DeFrancesco, has sometimes a tendency doing this), but Melvin Rhyne always keeps this fine balance in not over-playing, and that's a good thing!

Many thanks again,
/Jazz Organ Fan

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