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miércoles, 28 de diciembre de 2016

Gene Ludwig • Back On The Track

This CD shows organist Gene Ludwig's unabashed love for soul and blues pure and simple, which is not surprising since he is a native of that area of Pennsylvania which spawned so many of the giants of jazz and blues. Ludwig is no newcomer to the scene, having been performing since the 1960s; he got a big break in 1969 when he recorded with Sonny Stitt and another break when he toured with singer Arthur Prysock. Ludwig has listened to all the great practitioners of the Hammond B3, from the blues/soul promenading of Jimmy Smith to the swinging organs of Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis. These listening experiences are reflected on this album as he pulls out all the stops, literally and figuratively, in running through a variety of musical styles. He and guitarist Tony Janflone Sr. team up on "At Last," laying on a melancholy, whimsical sound unique to an organ/guitar combination. The swing comes to the fore with a relaxed medium tempo "Back on the Track," one of Ludwig's compositions. "In Walked Bud" echoes the many bop credentials on Ludwig's extensive resumé. But no matter the genre, swing, bop, ballad, or Latin, they all have that soul tone that has earned the Hammond B3 organ a special niche in jazz. Ludwig is joined by players sympathetic to his musical agenda. In addition to Janflone, fine guitar player Randy Caldwell sits in on three racks and is particularly effusive on the bouncy arrangement of his tune "Papa Gee." The drumming and percussive support by Messrs. Muchoney, Gelispie, and Jones is first rate. Ludwig's first album as a leader since his last recording for Muse almost 20 years ago, the appropriately named Back on the Track successfully welcomes the fine organist back to the fray. The CD is recommended for jazz lovers in general and for jazz organ enthusiasts in particular.

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1  In Walked Bud     5:37
2  Memphis Underground     6:08
3  For Lena And Lenny     6:45
4 River's Invitation     6:07
5  Back On The Track     5:22
6  Triste     5:49
7  The First String     9:32
8  At Last     7:26
9  Papa Gee     4:37
10 Birk's Work     7:55

    Drums – Dan Muchoney, Randy Gelispie (tracks: 4, 7, 9)
    Guitar – Randy Caldwell (2) (tracks: 4, 7, 9), Tony Janiflone, Sr.
    Percussion – George Jones (8)
    Organ – Gene Ludwig

Sello: Loose Leaf Records (3) ‎– LL9804
Género: Jazz

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