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Raphel Wressing's Organic Trio - Manic Organic

It was in september 2006 that I met Raphael Wressnig at the European Jazz Organist Festival in Cologne, Germany. The festival was a kind of contest for new coming jazz organist. Raphael Wressnig played that night. Not as a contester, he already passed that station, but as a special guest. I was struck by the ravishment with which he tucked into the organ, which wasn't a Hammond that night, but nevertheless. Raphael plays organ in a style that is rooted in the Jimmy Smith tradition but is interweaved with it's own greediness, cheerfulness and a touch of what I call "circus". After the concert we had time to chat and I wanted to by some CD's from him. Raphael gave me "Manic Organic" by The Raphael Wressnig's Organic Trio as a present and I promised to write a review about it on The Hammond Jazz Inventory which was still called The Hammond Jazz Scrapbook portal at that time. 16 month's later I am writing it now.

Shame on me? Well it depends on what point of view you take. Nowadays I still discover great Hammond jazz music that was created by the time I was born. I am 45 now. In that respect it's not too late to pay some attention to this CD that was issued in 2003. I remember Raphel being very modest about "Manic Organic". Almost as if it almost couldn't stand in the shadow of his later work. That certainly is not true. Granted, there's only one and a half original Wressnig composition. But what's more important is the that the same enthusiasm and joy I experienced that night in Cologne comes back on this CD. Combined with just the right amount of grease in the Hammond sound and a talented guitarist in the person of Georg Jantscher, this is the right mix to interpret Jimmy Smith's "The Boss" and "8 counts for rita" as well as the other compositions from David Newman ("Duffin' Round") and the other trio members itself. To me the only mistake on this album is the orginal "God Bless The Child". It's the only track with vocals with a typical atmosphere that doesn't fit very well with the rest of the album. But what the Heck. Wouldn't you be happy if every album in your collection contained eight great tracks out of nine, just like this one?

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