October 24, 2000
Double-Time Records
Jazz, Neo-Bop

Album Review

Organist Dan Wall, well known for his work with guitarist John Abercrombie, appears here in a fairly straight-ahead setting. His associates are highly esteemed in their own right: tenor saxophonist (and Double-Time labelmate) Jerry Bergonzi, guitarist Mick Goodrick, and drummer Billy Drummond. (Bergonzi only appears on half of the tracks.) The group begins with an understated yet sizzling rendition of "Witchcraft"; other standards include a wonderful organ/tenor duet on "The Masquerade Is Over" and a closing solo organ reading of "I Fall in Love Too Easily." Unfortunately, composer credits are entirely lacking on the CD package; one can only assume that Wall wrote the remaining tunes, including the fast-swinging title track, the bright waltz "Clouds," and the churning "5 Minute Funk." All the players acquit themselves well, not least of all the leader, who remains a major, if underrated, exponent of the post-bop B3 organ.
David R. Adler, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Witchcraft
  2. 22 Bar Waltz
  3. On the Inside Looking In
  4. The Masquerade Is Over
  5. The New Blues
  6. 5 Minute Funk
  7. Night Song
  8. Clouds
  9. 86
  10. I Fall in Love to Easily
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