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German Hammond B-3 innovator Barbara Dennerlein not only doesn't sound like Jimmy Smith on In a Silent Mood, it is really doubtful that these tracks could even be called jazz. A tranquil suite to the power of the inner life, In a Silent Mood is made up of carefully composed segments that stand individually on their own, but taken together, form a complete whole. Using only her B-3 here (and the occasional piano), and outfitted with foot pedals that trip her MIDI synthesizer settings, Dennerlein has assembled a beautiful album that glides and reaches into the rare, thin atmosphere of dreams. As much as Smith defined the possibilities of the B-3 at the end of the 20th century, Dennerlein is beginning to define it for the 21st.


Born: 25 September 1964 in Munich, Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Barbara Dennerlein differs from most organists by not sounding all that much like Jimmy Smith. She utilizes MIDI with her organ in order to get a different sound and her baselines (which she operates through her foot pedals) really do sound like a bass. Dennerlein began playing organ at 11 and four years later was already gigging in local clubs. She recorded on her own Bebap label and since 1988 has also...
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