Obviously as entranced by the power and the possibilities of the Hammond B-3 as the better-known musicians who play it, Dachtyl concentrates on its soulfulness and its ability to generate a good time among listeners. Indeed, Dachtyl pays tribute to one of the B-3 immortals when she plays Jimmy McGriff’s "Turn Blue," complete first with a full-keyboard roar and a gospel-inspired introduction, and then with its rocking theme before the powerful ending crescendo possible only with the jazz organ. Dachtyl’s sense of fun is evident in her choice of Rudy Toombs’ "One Mint Julep," bouncing along and allowing for Kraut’s swinging solo, though thankfully without the Ray Charles "awwwww." For Dachtyl plays the song not as tribute or imitation, but because it connects subliminally with her and with her audiences.
Local saxophonist Gene Walker, a frequent presence on Chicken Coup records with a long history of working with jazz groups, assists Dachtyl on five of the pieces. He’s especially effective on Rhonda Scott’s slow blues, "Frame for the Blues," as Dachtyl provides the cushion of sustained, sometimes dense chords under his emotionally packed version. Guest vocalists join Dachtyl on some of the numbers as well. Jazzmary Daniels provides the deep blues presence of Nina Simone’s "Do I Move You?" as Dachtyl sways the accompaniment and Walker adds the tenor saxophone fills similar to Houston Person’s style with Etta Jones. On Willie Dixon’s "Little Red Rooster," Larry Smith tells the story through singing with a growling voice, searching vibrato and flatted thirds to continue the concentration on the blues, as Kraut and Walker provide their own vocalistic contribution, but on wordless instruments. And Lady Nikki Scott even dispenses with the singing when she speaks the romantic introduction of "Since I Fell for You, a favorite of R&B radio stations still as it draws in listeners when delivered by singers as irresistible as Scott.
For Hammond B-3 enthusiasts like Pete Fallico, who wrote the liner notes for For Hep Cats, Linda Dachtyl is yet another name to remember in the community of those who play the instrument with undiminished fondness and eternal groove.