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Deep Blue Bruise
     

Deep Blue Bruise

by Deep Blue Organ Trio
 
Philadelphia jazz singer Lou Lanza had an excellent point when he asserted that jazz improvisers who ignore rock and R&B songs "are cutting themselves off from a lot of worthwhile material." Lanza wasn't suggesting that jazz artists should totally give up the Tin Pan Alley standards they've been performing all these years -- actually, he's done plenty of

Overview

Philadelphia jazz singer Lou Lanza had an excellent point when he asserted that jazz improvisers who ignore rock and R&B songs "are cutting themselves off from a lot of worthwhile material." Lanza wasn't suggesting that jazz artists should totally give up the Tin Pan Alley standards they've been performing all these years -- actually, he's done plenty of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin gems himself -- but he was saying that if you're going to use popular songs as vehicles for jazz expression, there is no reason not to interpret Sting, Billy Joel or Prince along with Harry Warren and George Gershwin. And if Deep Blue Bruise is any indication, the members of the Deep Blue Organ Trio -- leader/organist Chris Foreman, guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Greg Rockingham -- feel the same way. While Deep Blue Bruise is definitely an album of instrumental jazz, only a few of the songs on this soul-jazz/hard bop/post-bop disc were actually written as jazz instrumentals. Joe Henderson's "Granted" and Broom's exuberant title track were jazz instrumentals from birth, but most of the songs on this 2004 date started out in popular music -- and that is true of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "These Foolish Things" (both from Tin Pan Alley) as well as Prince's "Raspberry Beret," the Doors' "Light My Fire" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love." What the Deep Blue Organ Trio does to these songs isn't smooth jazz or NAC music; this is a passionate, hard-swinging organ combo in the Jimmy Smith/Richard "Groove" Holmes/Shirley Scott/Jack McDuff tradition, and a real improviser's mentality prevails whether the Chicago threesome is tackling Ervin Drake's "It Was a Very Good Year" or the Isaac Hayes tune "Café Regio's." Although not innovative by 21st century standards, Deep Blue Bruise is a satisfying, noteworthy effort that die-hard Hammond B-3 enthusiasts will appreciate.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153055622
catalogNumber:
556

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deep Blue Organ Trio   Primary Artist
Bobby Broom   Guitar
Chris Foreman   Hammond B3
Greg Rockingham   Drums

Technical Credits

Prince   Composer
Joe Henderson   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Bobby Broom   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Skip Scarborough   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer
Todd A. Carter   Engineer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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