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Album Review

Brian Charette is one of many New York City-based jazz musicians seeking to further his career. Following two projects for small labels (the first a self-produced outing), the organist should get greater recognition with this appearance on Steeplechase. Utilizing his working trio with guitarist Ben Monder (who has recorded extensively as a leader and sideman) and drummer Jochen Ruckert, Charette penned nine originals specifically for this session. The humorously titled “Silicone Doll" is not a parody of the famous Ellington ballad, though it is easy to imagine a pretty young lady walking to its catchy theme. The aggressive bop vehicle “Public Transportation" suggests the sudden lane changes in heavy traffic at high speed that stresses the hearts of tourists in New York City, while the lower-key “Altered Waltz" proves equally infectious. Charette's lyrical take of Duke Ellington's “Prelude to a Kiss" allows the ballad plenty of breathing room, with spacious chords on the organ and sensitive use of the volume pedal, while Monder also never adds an unnecessary note, all of it backed by Ruckert's sensitive brushwork. But the trio takes in “U.M.M.G." (aka “Upper Manhattan Medical Group") at a breezy clip, with plenty of fireworks. “Upside," penned by pianist Andy LaVerne for his meeting with organist Gary Versace, is pure groove music with a solid swagger. Brian Charette has staked his claim as one of the top jazz organists of his generation with this superb release.

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Face melting jazz from the east village shao lin, if you love real jazz with melodies, grooves and just the right amount of interstellar exploration this ones for you...

Upside, Brian Charette
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 10, 2009

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