Aug 3, 2011
What’s that I hear? Slinky, soulful guitar? Throbbing Hammond B-3? Killer drum fills? Grant Green must have come up on my iPod shuffle mode. But no – it’s The Business, the latest release from Charlie Apicella & Iron City, a trio carrying the torch of the great Blue Note soul-jazz stars of the Sixties.
It’s no surprise that the music calls this venerable tradition to mind, given that Apicella was mentored by both B-3 guru Dr. Lonnie Smith and Captain Jack McDuff’s sideman, guitarist Dave Stryker. The result is retro without being totally imitative, and is a highly satisfying collection. Whether Apicella plays a melodic “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” or a funky cover of Grant Green’s “Donny Brook”, he’s always right on the mark. Dave Mattock shines on the B-3, and Alan Korzin is a driving drummer in the tradition of Green’s drummer Ben Dixon. They even deliver a greasy good version of "Canteloupe Woman", a Dixon tune that Green played to perfection and aided by CD guests Stephen Riley on tenor sax and Mayra Casales on percussion.
If you’re hungry for a heaping helping of fresh B-3 and guitar goodness, The Business is a good place to start.