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The B3 and Me by Mort Weiss

Due to contractual matters with Concord Records, clarinetist Mort Weiss refers to B3-organist Joey DeFrancesco as "The Finest Jazz Organist in the World.... " and other complimentary inferences, noted on the front cover. Business is business, yet this buoyant and swinging set features the clarinetist at the top his game. On this endeavor Weiss, DeFrancesco, guitarist Craig Ebner and drummer Byron Landham, provide the bump, grind and swing.

Weiss and his band-mates trade sprightly fours during this set comprised of jazz standards, featuring a high-octane rendition of Charlie Parker’s "Ornithology," and other familiar works. Here, DeFrancesco goes for broke as he often elevates the proceedings into high-gear. Weiss’ performances conjure up memories of Artie Shaw, as he injects a classic sense of swing with post-modern style improvising. Therefore, Weiss is a strong soloist via his use of tremolo, circular mini-motifs and wistfully melodic phraseology.

The quartet maintains a frisky gait, where loose groove frameworks seamlessly coexist with a group-oriented mindset. Essentially, no one steals the show here. On "Love Letters," DeFrancesco tosses in some classic, Wild Bill Davidson chord voicings, engineered upon oscillating progressions and single-note trills. With "You Stepped Out Of A Dream," the quartet parlays a hustling and bustling vista. Ultimately, Weiss and co. perform with a mildly temperate vengeance to coincide with a few sanguine passages. Simply stated, its full-swing ahead....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mort Weiss
  • CD Title: The B3 and Me
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: smsJazz
  • Rating: Three Stars
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