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Reuben Wilson is joined by guitarist Grant Green, Jr., tenor saxophonist Melvin Butler, and drummer Bernard Purdie for this no-frills set of soul-jazz and blues classics. (Wilson, Purdie, and Green, Jr. worked together on Masters of Groove Meet Dr. No, also on the Jazzateria label.) The four begin with a minor-key tribute to Jack McDuff ("Blues for McDuff"). A bit later they nod to another great jazz organist, Jimmy Smith, with a strutting "Back at the Chicken Shack." Other highlights include "Willow Weep for Me," "After Hours," and "Honey Dripper." Music like this is all about feel, and these musicians have plenty of it. But the preponderance of shuffle blues, it must be said, gets a tad monotonous. Even the closing track, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," a 16-bar tune with a fair amount of harmonic movement, somehow winds up as a straight 12-bar blues during the solos, making it sound too much like everything else. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 09 April 1935 in Mounds, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s

Reuben Wilson was one of many soul-jazz organists to emerge in the late '60s, but he was one of only a handful of new organists from that era to be signed to Blue Note. By that point in the label's history, most of their artists were concentrating on accessible soul-jazz, and while he occasionally strayed outside of the conventions of the genre, Wilson more or less followed their rule. Between 1968 and 1971, he recorded five sessions for the label. None of his records received much acknowledgment...
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Organ Blues, Reuben Wilson
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  • €7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: 01 January 2002

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