Bill Wimmer: Cherry Red


Cherry Red


Bill Wimmer (tenor sax)


Project Omaha (Wimjazz 108)


Bill Wimmer (tenor sax), Dave Stryker (guitar), Tony Gulizia (organ, vocal), Mark Luebbe (bass), Victor Lewis (drums), Joey Gulizia (percussion).

Composed by Big Joe Turner


Recorded: Vail, Colorado, May 13 or 14, 2008


Rating: 80/100 (learn more)

Tenor saxophonist Bill Wimmer leads his group of native Nebraskans on this funky tune credited to the blues shouter and proto-rock 'n' roller Big Joe Turner. Guitarist Dave Stryker and organist/vocalist Tony Gulizia share center stage. Stryker's solo and accompaniments are in the tradition of such funky-butt bopsters as Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. On organ, Gulizia channels such greats as Jimmy Smith and Larry Young; as a vocalist, he's more Ben Sidran or Mose Allison than Big Joe. Wimmer takes a workmanlike solo, simplifying his normally ornate style into something more straightforward (and attractive in its own right). The rhythm section cooks, especially drummer Victor Lewis, whose rocking shuffle beat and exhilarating fills are a joy to behold. Jazz in Omaha! Who knew?

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey


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