Many jazz organists left their imprint on Vince Seneri
including Groove Holmes, Jimmy McGriff and Wild Bill Davis. None, though, was more important an influence than Jimmy Smith. Seneri dedicates this album to Smith's memory. Street Talk
is a jazz cocktail to satisfy your jazzoholic side. Special guests Houston Person, David "Fathead" Newman and Dave Valentin will tempt you to ask the bartender to pour you another.
Dave Valentin guests on the opener. It's a version of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" that's unlike anything in the past. Seneri's blue Hammond mixes perfectly with Valentin's hot Latin flute. The group adds David "Fathead" Newman for a nice reading of "Unchain My Heart" as a dip of the horn to the late Ray Charles. Certainly, there is no better choice than Newman who was part of Ray Charles' music for so many years.
Vince Seneri penned a tribute to his personal hero in the form of "Steamrollin," a slow-burning funky blues. The organist's emotional keyboard attack is reminiscent of the B-3 "master." Guitarist Bob DeVos contributes a fine solo on the tune and his talented work repeats throughout the CD.
Tenor-man Houston Person joins the combo for three tracks, "Flamingo," "Walking My Baby Back Home" and a stunningly pretty version of "These Foolish Things." David Newman returns for a happy romp on Seneri's original "Organ Boogaloo." Flautist, Dave Valentin lends his ample talents to Monk's "Straight No Chaser" and the red-hot "Reccato Boss Nova."
Vince Seneri's new offering is a CD with broad appeal and it's a "natural" for airplay.