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Album Review

The Deep Blue Organ Trio call their third album Folk Music — and they're right; the rootsy, bluesy soul-jazz that they crank out on this CD is kind of a folk music in its way, a handed-down tradition that appeals to the man in the street as opposed to the pundits in the towers. They adhere 110 percent to the style that once was a fixture at inner-city bars everywhere in the U.S.A., established over a half-century before by Jimmy Smith. Organist Chris Foreman doesn't flash his chops in the flamboyant manner of Smith. Rather, his is a low-key presence much like that of Melvin Rhyne or Charles Covington, and he displays a command of all of the patterns and timbres of his predecessors on the Hammond B-3 — the shouting Leslie climax, the held-down note underneath a developing riff, etc. Guitarist Bobby Broom likewise evokes Kenny Burrell and his friends, and drummer Greg Rockingham lays down the irresistible familiar grooves that remind one of his ancestors in the field. Sometimes, the Deep Blue's choice of material will veer into the category of unpredictable; the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home" from the Sgt. Pepper's days easily withstands the conversion to a moody, relaxed soul ballad, as does the Ohio Players' "Sweet Sticky Thing" into a fast trot. Otherwise, it's mostly blues, a few jazz semi-standards (it's good to hear their eloquent, evolving revival of Lee Morgan's prettiest tune, "Ceora"), and the occasional Tin Pan Alley standard ("I Thought About You"). Nothing new here, but they do it so well and with such a natural, unfeigned feeling for the old organ trio groove that you don't care. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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by Todd Lazarski, All Headline News Hipsters attuned to the wave of highbrow, dance-friendly grooves resurrected by modern Hammond B-3 trios such as Soulive and Medeski Martin and Wood may do very well to seek out some of the last old-school purveyors of organ-centered soul jazz: Chicago's Deep Blue Organ Trio can cite references on their collective resume that would span the likes of Miles Davis and Kenny Burrell; and on their latest, "Folk Music," the sound is as fresh as this morning's milk, while still maintaining the dustiness of something from the Impulse! Label. As a whole the group is deeply in gratitude to genre-father Jimmy Smith, and while organist Chris Foreman is just as gracious with laying back and sharing the soloing spotlight, his playing itself is even more restrained and economical - Second City to the first degree. Guitarist Bobby Broom maintains the same taste and tone, trading licks or holding down the low end to get the party started - as he does on both "The Chant" and the Ohio Players' "Sweet Sticky Thing." While the soulful-yet-prep-school vibe of both Soulive and MMW has now strayed from the tradition and into more experimental and commercial ventures; the vibe at the country's oldest jazz bar remains steadfastly pure - the storied Green Mill has for 4 years now allotted all Tuesday nights for some of the last pioneers of jazz's most overlooked sub-genre, who remain to riff and groove it up in their own hometown. ************************************************ by Dr. Judith Schlesinger, All About With the first two bars of Folk Music, you can tell that things are going to get greasy. Few people want greasy hair or greasy food, but greasy music is a whole other story: it means soulful and swinging and played with the kind of laid-back confidence that signifies true mastery. “Blues is the preacher, jazz is the teacher,” says the group’s website. This approach is one reason this CD is a pleasure from beginning to end. Another is the personnel. The Deep Blue Organ Trio has been playing at Chicago’s famous Green Mill club for years, and their ease with each other is audible. Each of them also has an impressive pedigree: organist Chris Foreman has worked with Hank Crawford and Albert Collins; guitarist Bobby Broom has played with Charles Earland, Sonny Rollins, and Art Blakey; and drummer Greg Rockingham’s resume includes big bands and vocalists like Freddie Cole. Then there’s the material, which is a pleasurable mix of blues and jazz, R&B and soul. This CD travels from the blues through mainstream jazz to pop to The Beatles. And while it’s true, as Louis Armstrong observed, that “All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song,” this particular Folk Music is something special. It features great players having great fun, and laying down the kind of serious grooves that only an organ trio can deliver.   ************************************************


Genre: Jazz

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The Deep Blue Organ Trio began officially performing under that moniker in 2000, even though Hammond B-3 organist Chris Foreman, drummer Greg Rockingham, and guitarist Bobby Broom had known each other since the '80s, playing clubs around their hometown of Chicago. Consistently crossing each others' paths, they eventually gigged around the Windy City as a unit, while individually, backing up jazz and blues legends including Hank Crawford, Albert Collins, Nat Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Charles Earland,...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 04, 2007

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