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Sunday, October 23, 2016

CD Review: Matthew Kaminski Quartet w. Kimberley Gordon - Live at Churchill Grounds


Matthew Kaminski (Hammond SK2); Will Scruggs (sax); Rod Harris Jr. (gtr); Chris Burroughs (dms); Kimberley Gordon (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Kaminski has a regular gig down in Atlanta GA. playing to a crowd of 40,000 each session and he does it over 80 times each year. That's 3 million listeners! Well, maybe they don't listen too intently having other things on their minds like if the Atlanta Braves can beat The Mets. Yes, Kaminski is the resident organist at all of The Braves home games. He doesn't play much jazz at the ball games. However, away from the ballpark, ensconced in Atlanta's premier jazz spot, Churchill Grounds, it's a, pardon the pun, a whole different ball game.
Some of the most swinging, funkiest organ playing since the heyday of Smith, McDuff and McGriff. Kaminski hits home runs on every track of this most enjoyable CD. 
Sail on Sailor (Brian Wilson); Hot Dog (Lou Donaldson); Midnight Special (Jimmy Smith); If I Had You (vocal by Gordon); So Danco Samba (Jobim - vcl Gordon); Just Squeeze me (Ellington - vcl Gordon); It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (Ellington - vcl Gordon); April in Paris (inspired by Wild Bill Davis/Basie version, vcl Gordon); I Love Being Here With You (vcl Gordon); A Real Goodun' (Jack McDuff).
Apart from Kaminski, there's blistering tenor from Scruggs, simpatico guitar from Harris Jr. and kickass drumming from Burroughs.
The vocals are handled by Kimberley Gordon who has an Ella-like feel for the lyrics which doesn't do any harm whatsoever! 
If he was in the UK I could recommend him for a gig at the Stadium of Light - Sunderland need all the help they can get.
However, as he ain't, perhaps the 'Black Cats might look to Gerry Richardson?
As David Moyes is probably not going to take up my suggestion then fans of our local Hammond Hero will have to Hootchie along to 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle, on Thursday (October 27) where Gerry's Quartet take centre stage at 8:30pm. It's free.
Lance.

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