Mike LeDonne: In The Bag


In The Bag


Mike LeDonne (organ)


On Fire (Savant 2080)

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Mike LeDonne (organ), Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Peter Bernstein (guitar),

Joe Farnsworth (drums)


Composed by Nat Adderley


Recorded: Smoke Jazz Club, New York, May 23-24, 2006


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

At its regular jam sessions at Smoke Jazz Club in Manhattan, this limitless house band gives the listening audience a touch of vintage groove. On the Nat Adderley tune “In The Bag”, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and guitarist Peter Bernstein take short two-chorus solos, then yield to leader Mike LeDonne for an extended four-chorus solo. He starts with a progressive, twitching tone, and after a series of low-volume funky teasers, shifts into high gear and unleashes a series of blues-drenched licks. LeDonne is obviously very comfortable in this environment, and before the rest of the band enters for the last head statement, he finishes off with a full-range smear up to the top register of the manual.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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