domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Gene Ludwig Trio with Bill Warfield Big Band • Duffs Blues



Review by Ken Dryden
Gene Ludwig is a well-known soul-jazz organist who has had relatively sporadic opportunities to record as a leader during his long career. But the Pittsburgh-based instrumentalist, leading a trio with guitarist Bob DeVos and drummer Rudy Petschauer, shines in a meeting with trumpeter Bill Warfield's big band for a concert at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Ludwig contributed the soulful opener, "Duff's Blues," which showcases the organist and the still brilliant octogenarian trumpeter Joe Wilder. Lee Morgan's exotic "Totem Pole" also features Wilder and tenor saxophonist Dave Riekenberg (the latter a talent deserving of wider recognition). Warfield and Ludwig are the soloists for Woody Shaw's driving hard bop vehicle "The Organ Grinder." There's no mistaking the train influence in DeVos' funky "Dance of the Coal Cars," with the horn section providing the warning to get out of the way. Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" has been a favorite of jazz pianists since it first appeared, though it works equally well in Warfield's subtle arrangement. Beautifully recorded with excellent balance, this concert CD is warmly recommended.


Label - 18th & Vine

Personnel
Trio:
Gene Ludwig - Hammond b-3 organ
Bob DeVos – guitar
Rudy Petschauer – drums
Band:
Bill Warfield – trumpet, leader
Joe Wilder, Danny Cahn, Dave Spier - trumpet
Tim Sessions, Sam Burtis - trombone
Ben Ken - alto saxophone
Glenn Cashman - tenor saxophone
Ed Xiques - baritone saxophone

Tracks
1. Duff's Blues 9:00
2. Totem Pole 7:46
3. The Organ Grinder 6:26
4. The Circuit 7:22
5. Naked City 9:40
6. Dance Of The Coal Cars 8:31
7. Dolphin Dance 11:35
8. Breakin' The Ice 11:14



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