Groovadelphia (Big O Records 2408)
Jim Alfredson (keyboards),
Joe Gloss (guitar), Randy Marsh (drums).
Composed by Jim Alfredson, Joe Gloss & Randy Marsh.
Recorded: Lansing, MI, April 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
You can't kill the Hammond organ with a stick. In recent years its signature sound is becoming once again a familiar voice in modern music. This is beneficial for the Hammond factory but not necessarily great for the rest of us. The instrument has a tendency to become monotonous if not played in the most creative ways. A Hammond organ does not an organ trio make. But if you have a player with monster chops and the right attitude, nothing can beat the groove from this machine. Jim Alfredson fits that bill. On one tune after another on Groovadelphia, he and his bandmates jump in the pocket.
Named after the band's home away from home, "Groovadelphia" is a choppy blues number. Marsh's churning drums propel a funky back-and-forth between Alfredson and guitarist Gloss. From time to time the two pleasingly double. Alfredson takes a grinding solo. Gloss's blues-funk turn suggests distortion without playing it. Once these guys lock in, a crowbar is needed to disengage them. The vibe is magnetic. Head bopping is not a choice in this matter. The music makes it mandatory.
Score: Hammond organ 1. Stick 0.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky