Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Dave Stryker: Prime

Dave Stryker is a guitarist who quite some years ago established himself as a funk player. As he’s done for years, he’s in the company of an organist and drummer. I have not held jazz organ in the highest esteem for a long time, but organist Jared Gold can really produce its heavy duty funk sound. But to me the organ is mostly what one hears in church. The one familiar choice here is “I Should Care”, a gold standard from way back in the day. Other than that, this is rather predictable guitar-organ trio stuff. As is said now and then, if you’ve heard one, you’ve heard ‘em all. It has its followers, to be sure. And it’s way better than the ultimate insult, smooth jazz. But for me---well, give me a piano and not an organ. Nearly every time!

Strikezone Records, 2022, appx. 58 min.

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