Let 'em Roll

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In an unusual setting for a groove/soul jazz setting, B3 organist extraordinaire big John Patton creates a band around himself that includes Grant Green, drummer Otis Finch, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. It's truly weird to think of vibes on a groove date, but the way Patton's understated playing works, and the way Green is literally all things to all players, Hutcherson's role is not only a clearly defined one, but adds immeasurably to both depth and texture on this date. What also makes this possible is the symbiotic relationship between Patton and Green. There is a double groove conscious swing happening on every track here, from the bluesed-out slip and slide of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In an unusual setting for a groove/soul jazz setting, B3 organist extraordinaire big John Patton creates a band around himself that includes Grant Green, drummer Otis Finch, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. It's truly weird to think of vibes on a groove date, but the way Patton's understated playing works, and the way Green is literally all things to all players, Hutcherson's role is not only a clearly defined one, but adds immeasurably to both depth and texture on this date. What also makes this possible is the symbiotic relationship between Patton and Green. There is a double groove conscious swing happening on every track here, from the bluesed-out slip and slide of the title track which opens the record to a killer version of Hank Mobley's "The Turnaround," which expands the blues vibe into solid soul territory because of Hutcherson's ability to play pianistically and slip into the funk groove whenever necessary. Green's deadly in his solo on the track, shimmering arpeggios through Patton's big fat chords and chunky hammering runs. Also notable are Patton's own tunes, the most beautiful of which is "Latona," a floating Latin number with a killer salsa rhythm in 6/8. As Patton vamps through the chorus, Green slips in one of his gnarliest solos ever. It begins with a groove like run in the hard bop blues and then shoves itself into overdrive, capturing the cold sweat of a Bola Sete or Wes Montgomery in his groove years. But when Green goes for the harmonic edges, all bets are off: Hutcherson lays out, and he and Patton go running to the bridge and bring the melody back just in time to take it out. This is one of the least appreciated of Patton's records, and there's no reason for it; it is great.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Blue Note Japan
  • EAN: 4988006811980
  • Catalog Number: 9567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let 'Em Roll - Big John Patton (6:48)
  2. 2 Latona - Big John Patton (7:23)
  3. 3 The Shadow of Your Smile - Big John Patton (6:55)
  4. 4 The Turnaround - Big John Patton (6:49)
  5. 5 Jakey - Big John Patton (5:37)
  6. 6 One Step Ahead - Big John Patton (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Patton Primary Artist
Grant Green Organ, Guitar
Otis Finch Drums
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Big John Patton Organ, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Alfred Lion Producer
Phyl Garland Liner Notes
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
Reid Miles Cover Photo
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