Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Mike LeDonne ''Smokin' Out Loud''


Mike LeDonne

''Smokin' Out Loud''
( 2004 CD Savant Records )
Catalog # 2055

One for Don ( LeDonne) 7:55
Delilah (Young) 6:46
After the Love Has Gone (Champlin, Foster, Graydon) 6:48
You'll See (Smith) 4:57
Superstar (Bramlett, Bramlett, Russell) 5:44
Silverdust (LeDonne) 7:23
French Spice (Byrd) 9:12
They Long to Be Close to You (Bacharach, David) 7:02
Pisces Soul (McGhee) 7:26

Mike LeDonne (Hammond b-3 organ)
Peter Bernstein (guitar)
Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone)
Joe Farnsworth (drums)

Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood, NJ (11/05/2003)

Mike LeDonne, who is better known as a pianist, is also a talented organist in the Jimmy Smith/Charles Earland/Don Patterson tradition. His quartet set is straight-ahead hard bop rather than soul-jazz, with excellent solos from LeDonne, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and guitarist Peter Bernstein (who is particularly strong on "Delilah") and fine support from drummer Joe Farnsworth. Most memorable are a pair of medium-tempo blues ("You'll See" and "Pisces Soul"), "Silverdust" (which is based partly on the chord changes of "King Porter Stomp"), and a cooking version of "Close to You." Although nothing innovative or overly surprising occurs, the music is well played and Alexander in particular has plenty of spirited solos.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Bill


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!

This record is even better than 'The Groover'. Both are jazz organ combos, but this one 'Smokin' Out Loud' is, well, deeper... I can't find a better word than deeper, but when you listen I believe you'll understand. Not deep as in esoteric or Coltrane sheets of sounds. Maybe deep as in mature.

A very good jazz organ record!

/Jazz Organ Fan

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