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Smokescreen

Artist: Organ Trio

Date of Release: 18/10/2006

Catalogue no: 1005

Label: Diving Duck Recordings

Price: £10.50

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Consolidation

6.58

2

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Walk On By

5.57

3

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When I Grow Up

5.00

4

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Smokescreen

5.10

5

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Aja

5.10

6

 

Cornelius

4.31

7

 

The White Cockade

5.07

8

 

Buzzard Count

4.36

9

 

Chances Are

4.49

10

 

Stairway To The Stars

7.01

11

 

It Never Entered My Mind

5.17

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Jim Mullen, Mike Gorman, Stan Sulzmann

Grooving new album from Jim Mullen's big-sounding trio. Special
guest Stan Sulzmann adds extra finesse to a barnstorming CD.
Smokescreen is the culmination of two years of touring and writing for the trio since their last offering, the highly-respected Gig Bag.
Featuring 6 originals from the pens of Mike Gorman and Jim Mullen, the band is at it's creative and swinging best.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2007 Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

Guitarist Jim Mullen’s trio, with the admirable Mike Gorman on Hammond B-3 and drummer Matt Skelton, is quite a fixture on the circuit these days and a welcome one too. That evocative organ sound, complete with its built-in bass line, seems to reach parts that other instruments never quite do, a machine tailor-made for generating compelling grooves. Add Mullen’s tersely swinging guitar and a crisp beat and you have a formula geared to pleasure.
Gorman has a light touch, his lines neatly resolved without bombast or unbearable excess, as on Bacharach’s ‘Walk On By’; Mullen is similarly cogent, the rest of the programme largely devoted to strong originals, the majority by Gorman, with one by Mullen. Star saxophonist Stan Sulzmann joins in on three, his soprano expertly pacing Mullen’s bubbling guitar on ‘The White Cockade’.

 

28/12/2006 Alan Crumpton, Haverhill Echo

THE holiday break has given me chance to listen to a new CD release that I have just received from the admirable Diving Duck Records.
It's the latest offering from guitarist Jim Mullen and his Organ Trio and it';s a cracker.
The CD, Smokescreen, features Jim in fine form with Mike Gorman on Hammond organ and Matt Skelton on drums, and they have been joined by the superb saxman Stan Sulzman on various saxes.
The Organ Trio have proved popular on visits to the Bury St Edmunds Festival in recent years and they continue to prove popular wherever they play. . . and there's a possibility that we can look forward to hearing them at next year's Jazz by the Stour.
The CD, incidentally, features one or two originals by Mike Gorman and Jim Mullen and quite melodic they are too, and there is also some more familiar material such as Walk On By, Stairway To The Stars and It Never Entered My Mind.
Wonderful stuff and well worth a good listen.

 

13/12/2006 The List, Glasgow & Edinburgh

The organ trio is one of jazz’s canonic formats, but can easily slip into clichéd recycling of standard soul-jazz licks. No such danger in this band. The Glaswegian guitarist and his collaborators, Hammond organist Mike Gorman and drummer Matt Skelton, pursue a fresh and inventive path though a set of original compositions (mainly by Gorman) and cover versions, including Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ and a nod to Mullen’s Scottish roots in a version of ‘The White Cockade’.

They are joined by the excellent Stan Sulzmann on tenor or soprano saxophone on three of the disc’s eleven tracks. Mullen’s acute harmonic and rhythmic invention is always apparent, and Gorman avoids the stereotypes associated with his instrument in compelling fashion. (Kenny Mathieson)

Published in issue 565 of The List (13 December 2006)

 

26/11/2006 Dave Gelly, The Observer

The classic line-up of organ, guitar and drums, but not what you might be expecting. Instead of the strutting blues & soul of Sixties pioneers, this band goes for subtlety and tonal variety, regularly building up to a kind of subdued, bubbling excitement. It's the perfect setting for Mullen's mellow, soulful guitar and his legendary fluency. He and organist Mike Gorman have evolved a whole new vocabulary, while drummer Matt Skelton supports it all with the lightest of touches. As a welcome bonus, saxophonist Stan Sulzmann guests on three tracks. His soprano on 'The White Cockade' is simply delicious.

 

01/10/2006 Musician Magazine

Jim Mullen's trio brings together his own elemental guitar with the Hammond of Mike Gorman and the drums of Matt Skelton. This album, the follow up to the memorable Gig Bag, sees the experienced outfit join forces with the legendary Stan Sulzmann, for three tracks of the eleven on show, in a live recording in which each player demonstrates his dexterity and mastery of liberated, swinging jazz. My favourite is the simply divine take of Bacharach/David standard Walk On By, with Mike's cool keys leading the way and displaying how even the most familiar of songs can receive a fresh impetus in the right hands. This adds to the Diving Duck label's growing reputation as home to Britain's finest.

 

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