Keep the Faith

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mike LeDonne is among the top organists of his generation and this CD combines his interest in soul hits and soul-jazz, in addition to his own compositions. He assembled a top group for the session, including tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and frequent collaborator Joe Farnsworth on drums, which he calls the Groover Quartet. LeDonne begins with a snappy, driving treatment of "The Backstabbers" which earned the O'Jays a gold record in the early '70s, with potent solos by Alexander, Bernstein, and the leader, with Farnsworth's inspired drumming pushing them. The musical conversation between LeDonne and Alexander turns Michael Jackson's "The Way ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Mike LeDonne is among the top organists of his generation and this CD combines his interest in soul hits and soul-jazz, in addition to his own compositions. He assembled a top group for the session, including tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and frequent collaborator Joe Farnsworth on drums, which he calls the Groover Quartet. LeDonne begins with a snappy, driving treatment of "The Backstabbers" which earned the O'Jays a gold record in the early '70s, with potent solos by Alexander, Bernstein, and the leader, with Farnsworth's inspired drumming pushing them. The musical conversation between LeDonne and Alexander turns Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" into a viable jazz vehicle, with Bernstein's hip choruses being an added bonus. It seems likely that Alexander played Charles Earland's "Keep the Faith" during his tenure with the late organist; this interpretation percolates with energy as an uptempo cooker, with everyone on fire throughout the performance. Horace Silver's funky "Sweet Sweetie Dee" isn't one of his better-known works, but the quartet makes the most of its spacious, hip setting. LeDonne's originals are equally compelling. Bernstein's intricate playing is a highlight of the fast-paced "Scratchin'," while the laid-back groover "Big John" a tribute to the late organist John Patton casts a mellow mood. This potent session is easily one of Mike LeDonne's best recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842211428
  • Catalog Number: 2114
  • Sales rank: 184,726

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Backstabbers - Mike LeDonne (6:53)
  2. 2 Keep the Faith - Mike LeDonne (7:17)
  3. 3 Big John - Mike LeDonne (7:18)
  4. 4 The Way You Make Me Feel - Mike LeDonne (7:01)
  5. 5 Someday We'll All Be Free - Mike LeDonne (6:28)
  6. 6 Scratchin' - Mike LeDonne (6:24)
  7. 7 Waiting For You - Mike LeDonne (6:24)
  8. 8 Burner's Idea - Mike LeDonne (5:53)
  9. 9 Sweet Sweetie Dee - Mike LeDonne (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike LeDonne & the Groover Quartet Primary Artist
Mike LeDonne Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Mike LeDonne Producer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
John Whitehead Composer
Owen Cordle Liner Notes
Kevin Blackler Mastering
Chris Sulit Engineer
E. Howard Composer
H. Silver Composer
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