Live in Melbourne — Michel Benebig

CD cover to come

(Sound Vault)

THERE’S nothing quite like the sheer swing and exuberance of a Hammond organ in the right hands — and feet — but it doesn’t stop there.
On his New B-3 Hammond, New Caledonian Benebig pays homage to Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and a host of others with soul-jazz hard bop and blues to set the toes tapping.
But, with long-time colleagues Melbourne’s Adam Simmons (saxophones) and Mike Jordan (drums), and Vaughn Roberts (trumpet) from Wellington, New Zealand, Benebig shows the versatility of this remarkable instrument.
The mostly lively set of Bennebig originals and one Simmons composition recorded live at Scarlette in Fitzroy early last year includes two ballads. One, Erdna, and the final Midday Blue, show how Benebig can coax the B-3 out of its infectious frenzy into a more reflective mood. Simmons and Roberts produce great solos in this delightful outing.

DOWNLOAD: Erdna
FILE BETWEEN: Jimmy Smith, Barbara Dennerlein

Review by ROGER MITCHELL

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