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Eternal Funk by Ken Clark Organ Trio

The present day organ grinder refuses to die! Maybe that’s way this platter is called Eternal Funk - despite all the amputations and conflagrations, people are going to want to have earthy stuff to groove to and guys like Ken Clark will have the organ-ic acumen to give it to ‘em. Clark - who appears on blueswoman Michelle Wilson’s Wake Up Call - specializes in the sizzling, old-school R&B-charged jazz organ as immortalized by Jimmy McGriff and Big John Patton, so tantalizingly rich that if it were food, his organ sound would be a big plate of BBQ-enriched chicken ‘n’ ribs. The drums have the crisp snap of fresh corn on the cob and the guitar is in the tradition of sleek, single-note picking a la Grant Green - the all-important coleslaw in Clark’s jazz platter du jour. No, there’s not a lot of surprises to be had here, they don’t tweak the old family recipe much - but then again, they do what they do rather well, their tunes are all originals loaded with engaging melodic flair, so them that seek foot-tappin’ soulful sounds will find this disc a tasty snack indeed.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ken Clark Organ Trio
  • CD Title: Eternal Funk
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Severn
  • Musicians: K.C.: Hammond B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano; Mike Mele: guitar; Steve Chaggaris: drums.
  • Rating: Three Stars
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