Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect

by Ken Clark
     
 
More low-key and less funky than similar organ-based jazz combos, the Ken Clark Organ Trio stays on slow boil for the majority of this swinging album. It's a predominantly straight-ahead session that occasionally goes into slight avant-garde territory (on "Frustration") and even tests some Brian Auger-styled rock waters (on "Influence").

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More low-key and less funky than similar organ-based jazz combos, the Ken Clark Organ Trio stays on slow boil for the majority of this swinging album. It's a predominantly straight-ahead session that occasionally goes into slight avant-garde territory (on "Frustration") and even tests some Brian Auger-styled rock waters (on "Influence"). Clark handles the bass duties on the pedals, which leaves nimble guitarist Mike Mele to solo on much of this material. Occasionally the threesome lapse too far into lounge and the result sounds like better-than-average dentist office music. The band sounds more compelling when shifting into R&B mode on "I Just Woke Up," which wouldn't be out of place on a Booker T. & the MG's album. This is pretty far removed from the more electric, acid approach of Medeski, Martin & Wood, but there are times when it is reminiscent of that style. Recorded mostly live in the studio, the band finds its groove and hangs with it. Clark sings on one of the few covers, a sweet take on the Teddy Pendergrass hit "Close the Door" that also veers a bit too far into the easy listening zone. The album is consistently pleasant but seldom breaks out into more challenging territory. Clark is an agile keyboardist but drummer Steve Chaggaris holds back when he could be pushing the beat and only opens up on "For Now." Reminiscent of classic organ jazz from the '60s, Mutual Respect's main flaw is that it is often too respectful.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Severn
UPC:
0649435003523
catalogNumber:
35

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