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Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Shades of Green

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.