Bryan Beninghove: Tape Side Up


Tape Side Up


Brian Beninghove (tenor sax)


Organ Trio

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Brian Beninghove (tenor sax),

Kyle Koehler (organ), Don Williams (drums)


Composed by Bryan Beninghove


Recorded: Hoboken, NJ, August 16, 2007


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Recorded in the hometown of "Old Blue Eyes," a tight little trio of working musicians who are keeping the organ trio format alive and well has produced an independent offering worth a listen. With a familiar but funky sound on "Tape Side Up," Beninghove has a Maceo Parker raspiness to his deep-throated tenor. He wails with gusto. Meanwhile, Koehler follows in the tradition of such Hammond B-3 heavyweights as Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco with his own brand of funk on this versatile and seemingly resurgent instrument. The beat is pushed along nicely by Williams, an alumnus of organ masters Smith and Jimmy McGriff, and the group shows it can really groove. What is it about New Jersey and organ trios? It seems to be a local thing, but as a born-and-bred Jersey boy I relate with no problem. This is not groundbreaking music or for that matter overly inventive, but for those of us who are drawn to that B-3 sound when we hear it, the music grooves.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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