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Issue 1093

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King Louie Organ Trio : It's About Time




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UK release date 14.05.2019

A hefty slice of the blues, soul jazz and groove best describes the King Louie Organ Trio.It's a contemporary jazz sound while clearly harking back to the golden era of soul jazz, led by Hammond organist Louis Pain and also features the weighty tones and the funky groove sax wizardry of Renato Caranto bolstered down by two top notch drummers who share track duties on thirteen well crafted cuts.

The 1960s soulful jazz organ era is the overarching influences for this solid contemporary player and the all original compositions reflect this.
Pain shows his natural openess with his excellent trio, reflected in his bouncy, all accommodating and soulful approach, and always with a deft supporting touch
and If you're into the B-3 sound, this is a pretty greasy place to start!

Opening track' Frances J' sets the benchmark,it's a funky little potboiler in the style of Booker T & The MGS, with a brisk and bluesy organ solo reminiscent of the great Jimmy Smith equalled by a blustery and robust sax solo whose imperious tones you can hear through out this album.These guys know a thing or two about great heads and 'Brulie' another little gem, twists and turns over the swinging funk groove of drummer Edwin Coleman 111 who really is the bus driver of the band - you don't go nowhere unless he puts his foot on the gas! This is strong material with ensemble playing to match.

A fantastic Nola groove kicks in to introduce 'Two Leons In New Orleans' a slinky one chord slice of blessedness with primal sax leading the way again glued together by Louis's spry organ playing and If you like gospel then people get ready for 'Bry-Yen/ I Believe In You'- a joyous unfettered piece of organ righteousness and incidentally my fave on the album.

'Teener' a jumpy funk chestnut powered yet again by groove meister Edwin who gets to wig out on a great band vamp to devastating effect and the swinging light and jazzy 'Big Brothers' offers respite from the heavy grooves with Louis channelling Booker T once more and check out the various tones he gets from his B3 it will warm the cockles of anybody's heart.Next up 'Mel Brown' has a great Grant Green feel to it and second drummer ( Mel Brown!) adds a lighter but just as funky touch and some welcome Greenesque guitar hits its stride with the fab Dan Faehnle putting his four penny worth in.It’s nothing new but that’s probably its best selling point.Whole eras being re-explored, tributes galore, and just some mighty fine playing. No one individual here is the star and yet they are all capable of star-turns. It’s the magic of a great trio at work.These guys are cooking on gas and have knocked up a pretty tasty platter for your delectation!
Words Emrys Baird

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