Hooray for Hollywood! It’s where a guitar mechanic can be organ-ic.... just by flying to Seattle and hooking up with an ace organ/drums team and cutting a rug on some nifty cover tunes that haven’t been done to death (what, no "Shadow of Your Smile"? - but they sear "Never Can Say Goodbye" here!) in the style of the classic, been-making-a-comeback jazz organ trio. But where Heller and Dose up the ante is they don’t play up the "retro" angle - though it has affinities with the churning, old-old-school funk of such grand daddies as Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton and Charles Earland, H&D don’t sound like they’re trying consciously to evoke or simulate their iconic sounds. Heller, an eclectic musician but not a "fusion" player in the usual sense of the term, has a neat-0 blues- and rock & roll-inspired edge to his playing - he’s got a sharp timbre and sounds at times like unto a cross between Mike Bloomfield (or the Allman Bros.’ Dicky Betts) and Grant Green, and organist Joe Doria has a slightly "softer" tone than, say, Smith or Patton, but just as rich, more cushion-y, deceptively easygoing. In this particular Battle, the winner is you, Mr./Ms. Listener!
Artist / Group Name:Skip Heller With Dose
CD Title:The Battle In Seattle
Genre:Soul / Funk Jazz
Musicians:S.H.: electric guitar. Dose: Joe Doria: organ; John Wicks: drums. Rec. live @ the Mars Bar, Seattle WA 3/13/03.