The Soul Jazz Sessions
(Thortch Recordings )
Back in the day, some of the coolest vinyl recordings that you could find would be by the Hammond B-3 organ artists who would kick it up on the keyboards and totally swing it. Artists such as Groove Holmes, Brother Jack McDuff, and Jimmy Smith would crank up the unmistakable sounds of the B-3 and rock the house. Now, long time session musician and stage performer Moe Denham has stepped up with a new recording that is firmly in the tradition of the B-3’ers of old.
Denham has toured with folks like Tony Joe White, the late Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, and the old B-3 master himself, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes. He has also jammed onstage with cats like the late Wes Montgomery, Bela Fleck, Albert King, Gov’t Mule, George Thorogood, and many others. For his latest album, “The Soul Jazz Sessions,” he has come up with a great idea. The rhythm section for this new album features Denham on the B-3, Robert Bond on drums, and Jamie Nichol on percussion. On top of that trio, Denham has invited a few of the best guitarists in the business to add their flair to the jams. Those guitarists include bluegrass great Bryan Sutton, multi-genre blaster John Jorgenson, the Strat master Johnny Hiland, long time NRBQ guitarist Al Anderson, original member of Toto and session great David Hungate, session allstar Billy Joe Walker Jr., 14-time Country Music Association (CMA) Musician Of The Year nominee Paul Franklin, and multiple time winner of the CMA Musician of the Year award Brent Mason.
Folks, this album is a stone groove, from up-tempo swing jams to mid-tempo cruisers to wonderful slow burners. This would work as a soundtrack to a great dinner party, a change of pace to whatever else you may be listening to right now, and a great CD to take a road trip with. Enjoy.