Smokin' Out Loud

Smokin' Out Loud

by Mike LeDonne
     
 
Mike LeDonne may have come to prominence in the jazz world as a fluent pianist, but he’s also a monster on the Hammond organ. This old-school-styled album finds him in fast company with three perfectly suited cohorts: tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. There’s plenty of room for everyone to stretch out, and these

Overview

Mike LeDonne may have come to prominence in the jazz world as a fluent pianist, but he’s also a monster on the Hammond organ. This old-school-styled album finds him in fast company with three perfectly suited cohorts: tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. There’s plenty of room for everyone to stretch out, and these impassioned swingers make the most of it. Even on the ballads and medium-tempo pieces, the groove stays up; the enthusiasm generated by the music is infectious. LeDonne digs into some surprising material as well: The classic pop hits “After the Love Is Gone,” “They Long to Be Close to You,” and “Superstar” sit nicely next to jazz originals by Jimmy Smith, Donald Byrd, Howard McGhee, and the leader himself. There have been plenty of organ-based quartet albums over the past five decades, but a first-class recording like this just proves there’s life in the genre yet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Mike LeDonne, who is better known as a pianist, is also a talented organist in the Jimmy Smith/Charles Earland/Don Patterson tradition. His quartet set is straight-ahead hard bop rather than soul-jazz, with excellent solos from LeDonne, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and guitarist Peter Bernstein (who is particularly strong on "Delilah") and fine support from drummer Joe Farnsworth. Most memorable are a pair of medium-tempo blues ("You'll See" and "Pisces Soul"), "Silverdust" (which is based partly on the chord changes of "King Porter Stomp"), and a cooking version of "Close to You." Although nothing innovative or overly surprising occurs, the music is well played and Alexander in particular has plenty of spirited solos.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
Label:
Savant
UPC:
0633842205526
catalogNumber:
2055

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike LeDonne   Primary Artist,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
Joe Farnsworth   Drums

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Mike LeDonne   Composer,Audio Production
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer
Howard McGhee   Composer
Donald Byrd   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Jay Graydon   Composer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sid Gribetz   Liner Notes

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