Two things stand out. This band manages to make this music sound genuine without falling into formula. You are never going to mistake this for Jimmys Smith or McGriff, as the writing is fresh. This is close in spirit, but not sound, to Larry Young: take jazz organ and don't reinvent it but give it a sound that is a different take on the organism. In sound, I am reminded, in allusion and not xerox, of early Kool and The Gang.
The hip beats are mixed back: you are never going to mistake this for a 1963 Blue Note attack. But El Micheal's are smart: they really integrate a modern vibe--superimposing this is what makes most of these types of albums sound vapid and poises them to fail.
Worth checking out
I would recommend this to a friend
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