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Gig Bag

Artist: Organ Trio

Date of Release: 01/01/2005

Catalogue no: DDRCD003

Label: Diving Duck Records

Price: £10.50

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Strayhorn (Mullen)

5.13

2

 

The Duke (Brubeck)

5.28

3

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Gig Bag (Mullen)

4.53

4

 

El Jo (Gorman)

5.13

5

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Nessun Dorma (Puccini)

5.01

6

 

Don't Ask (Mullen)

4.34

7

 

Slow Flow (Gorman)

5.01

8

 

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern/Harbach)

4.55

9

 

Lullaby (Gorman)

4.22

10

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Dilly Dally (Gorman)

4.34

11

 

Theme from Godfather II (Rota)

3.47

12

 

Blueberry Hill (Lewis/Rose/Stock)

6.26

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Jim Mullen, Mike Gorman

A seriously big-sounding CD from this supremely-integrated group; the wonderfully rich soundscape of Mike Gorman's Hammond Organ allied to Jim Mullen's sublime touch on the guitar, welded together by the swinging drive of Matt Skelton's drumming, makes for a true listening sensation! With seven original tracks from the creative minds of Jim Mullen and Mike Gorman, this CD explores much new territory, as well as interpreting some more familiar themes. From the wanton abandon expressed in Blueberry Hill, through the exploratory soloing of Mike Gorman's El Jo, to the sheer beauty of Nessun Dorma and The Godfather, this is a CD with many depths as well as the straightforward enjoyment of good music played well.Visit www.theorgantrio.com for biographical info of the trio, and the plethora of jazz stars they have performed with.

Artists: The Organ Trio (Jim Mullen - guitar, Mike Gorman - Hammond, Organ, Matt Skelton - drums)

 

Reviews

 

01/05/0005 Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Daily News

Trio leader Mullen is among the U.K.'s finest jazz guitarists, with a resume that takes in stints in the great '70s funk revue Kokomo and Britain's popular '80s sax 'n' ax ensemble Morrissey-Mullen. Here, the guitarist applies his full-bodied delivery to a nice set of cookers like "El Jo," organist Mike Gorman's tribute to the late Elvin Jones, capped by a fine drum solo from Matt Skelton. The unit also carries off touching interpretations of the Puccini aria "Nessun Dorma" and Nino Rota's "Godfather II" theme. Somebody, please bring Mullen and this brilliant group to the U.S. for dates.

 

27/02/0005 Dave Gelly, The Observer

JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK

A new generation of jazz organists have a new approach to the old monster. They replace the funky, high-energy attack of the Sixties masters with harmonic subtlety and delicate washes of tonal colour. The Organ Trio's Mike Gorman is a leading exponent of the style, which blends beautifully with the guitar of Jim Mullen and drums of Matt Skelton. Naturally, with Mullen on board, the music swings compulsively and there's plenty of good melodic grit to keep you listening - but there's surprise and a bit of mystery as well. You wouldn't imagine that three jazz musicians could turn 'Nessun Dorma' into a wispy, ethereal little thing, would you? They also bring out the elegant contours of Brubeck's 'The Duke' and swing 'Blueberry Hill' into the middle of next week. But it's the originals that really catch the attention, especially Mullen's 'Don't Ask' and Gorman's 'Slow Flow'.

 

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