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Buttermilk Channel by Adam Levy

In recent years there has been a welcome resurgence in the form of the classic jazz organ trio. Adam Levy has assembled a delightful trio here. The title track, "Buttermilk Channel," sets the pace. Levy’s sort of "twangy" picked guitar is reminiscent of Bill Frisell in both tone and texture. With Wollesen on brushes, the tune kicks back and eases its way along on a loping groove. Organist Goldings has been getting a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. His command of the sometimes unwieldy Hammond B-3 is sure and melodic. This cat is so musical!

"That’s All She Wrote" is a gentle Latin tune highlighted by Wollesen’s tasty cymbal work. "I Guess" is a slow bluesy ballad in the 60’s mold. Where many guitarists would fill up the space, Levy is notable for how few notes he plays. His solos are unhurried, unfolding over the course of the song. "Dear John" is a funky tune where Frisell’s influence is really felt. At times Levy’s playing may be a bit too close to Frisell’s, but this is not a bad thing. Levy is a tasteful player who is extremely lyrical in his approach. "Orange You Glad" is a slow, funky shuffle that harks back to Booker T and other 60’s organ groups, while "Sphere Of Influence" is a slow, walking jazz tune that keeps to the same style.

While the music here never rises above laid back, it is very delightful for what it is. The musicianship is top notch and the playing tasteful. Recommended for those looking for a slow groove organ trio.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Adam Levy
  • CD Title: Buttermilk Channel
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Lost Wax Music
  • Musicians: Adam Levy (guitar), Larry Goldings (organ), Kenny Wollesen (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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