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Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World by Jon Dalton Trio

With a nod to the classic Hammond organ/guitar trios of the 1950s and 60s, guitarist Jon Dalton presents a toe-tapping, feel-good session of swinging standards and soulful original compositions with Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World. Although based in Los Angeles, Dalton recorded the disc in his homeland of England with organist John-Paul Gard and drummer Andy Roger.

With a style heavily influenced by guitar giants such as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Dalton utilizes singing, single-note lines with horn-like dexterity. Rejecting inappropriate flash for lyricism, the guitarist constructs warm, listener-friendly solos with an emphasis on maintaining the groove.

The relaxed interplay between Dalton and his trio-mates shines throughout, especially on the gospel-inspired "Groove Merchant," Miles Davis' "So What," "T4JOEY," a minor-key waltz written by Gard, and an ultra-hip version of "The More I See You." Gard demonstrates a thorough understanding of the deep traditions of organ jazz, emulating the styles of Jimmy Smith, Big John Patten and Jack McDuff. A convincing example of the organist's ability to dig deep into the blues well can be heard on Dalton's "Chisler's Blues."

A bright moment from the recording is the up-tempo swinger "Plastered," with Roger pushing hard behind the drums and Dalton and Gard delivering stirring solos. All in all, Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World is a fine example of strong group interaction from three exceptional performers.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jon Dalton Trio
  • CD Title: Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Innervision Records
  • Musicians: Jon Dalton (guitar), John-Paul Gard (organ), Andy Roger (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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