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On first glance, this might seem to be a typical soul-jazz organ group, with drummer Phil Haynes, organist Jeff Palmer and Paul Smoker (whose trumpet is in place of the usual tenor sax). There are a couple of swinging tunes (including the opening "Where's The Door?") and a lengthy exploration of "My Funny Valentine." However, the advanced improvising (particularly by the highly expressive Smoker), some tricky structures, and plenty of intuitive reactions make the music much more unpredictable than the usual 1960s organ ensemble. While Smoker's ideas are the most adventurous, Palmer mostly avoids the Jimmy Smith sound in favor of his own individual approach; although drummer/leader Haynes is mostly in a supportive role, he manages to keep the slightly dangerous music from becoming too relaxed. This is a set that rewards close listening, both paying tribute to the classic organ sound and escaping from mere imitation.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Born June 15, 1961, in Hillsboro, OR, musician Phil Haynes has made a name for himself in jazz circles as a talented drummer, producer, and composer. Haynes relocated to New York in 1984, moving into the Brooklyn Corner Store rehearsal space, which has seen such acclaimed musicians as Dave Douglas, Mark Feldman, Ellery Eskelin, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Herb Robertson, and Mark Dresser drop by and jam on numerous occasions. Shortly after becoming a New Yorker, Haynes began playing in the recording studio...
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