Monday, December 18, 2023

Ed Cherry; Are We There Yet?

Despite my reticence regarding Jazz organ, I must admit that it works just fine on this album. I guess the difference is that this is purely a jazz album. Ed Cherry is a very capable, hip guitarist on the session, and his colleagues include Kyle Koehler, organ, Monte Croft, vibraphone, and Byron “Wookie” Landham, drums. The quartet is a finely honed jazz groove on two originals by Ed Cherry, and nine works by additional composers including one great standard, “Spring Is Here”. Much of the material is blues based and they all handle the assignment very well. Skilled musicians all, and they certainly provide a fun ride. 

Cellar Records; 2022; appx 63 min.

PS: I forgot to mention a certified jazz classic, “Holy Land”---a jumping cooker!

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