Gettin' Blazed Jermaine Landsberger
- 1Sno' Peas06:31
- 2Brazilian People04:27
- 3Ballad for J05:43
- 4Three Base Hit03:31
- 5Valse Manouche04:08
- 8Another Star03:33
- 9Night Ballad06:09
- 10Filthy McNasty04:41
Info for Gettin' Blazed
This all star session features a rare appearance by Pat Martino.
"In the evolution of any instrument, there's only a handful that are really innovative. This guy's one of them. Jermaine Landsberger is a formidable artist, a master with the flame!" (Pat Martino)
Originally inspired by the sound of Django Reinhardt, Jermaine Landsberger later focused on modern jazz and developed his own B3 tone in a completely innovative way. He combines his virtuoso piano style with the earthy and bluesy organ sound to create a highly explosive blend.
Landsberger has played with Pat Martino, Bireli Lagrene, Martin Taylor, Andre Ceccarelli, Harvey Mason, James Genus, Andreas Öberg, Dennis Chambers, Paulo Morello, Tony Lakatos, Davide and Lorenzo Petrocca, Torsten Goods, Helmut Kagerer, Martin Gjakonowski and many more...
Getting’ Blazed, Jermaine's debut record was originally released on Resonance in April 2009.
"German B-3 player Jermaine Landsberger has brought a new freshness to the jazz organ." (Le Monde)
"German-born Hammond B-3 organist Jermaine Landsberger has assembled a strong ensemble for this recording of covers and original material, including pieces borrowed from some of his heroes or all-star bandmates. Pat Martino appears on three tracks with the rising star guitarist Andreas Öberg on the rest, drummer Harvey Mason gets back to his jazz groove roots, while Gary Meek plays saxes and flutes. The surprise participant is acoustic or electric bassist James Genus, added to the group where normally an organist plays all of the bottom-end rhythmic tones with his feet. The result is a deeply grooving, soulful, diverse, and substantive music that goes beyond what one might expect from this type of group, and it all sounds marvelous. A composition written by pianist Phil Markowitz, a title track from one of his own CDs as well as covered by Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans on their album Affinity, "Sno' Peas" is a sweet waltz played with pure authenticity, featuring the still able Martino, and Meek on tenor sax. Marcos Silva's "Brazilian People" is more modern jazz than samba or bossa nova, perfectly exhibiting the deepened low-octave sound provided when Genus and Landsberger play basslines together or in counterpoint, with Martino's playful guitar and Meek's flute soaring on top. Playing Martino's bopper "Three Base Hit," the band with Öberg sans the composer is quite comfortable speeding along and paying no mind to stop signs or commercialized affectations. Adopting a rock beat merging to bop, Mason is particularly effective driving the group during Django Reinhardt's tribute to his son, "Babik," not at all a Gypsy swing, while Horace Silver's famous "Filthy McNasty" is the perfect soul-swing vehicle meant to evoke good feelings and the essential element of fun. Where Stevie Wonder's "Another Star" is adapted into a road song à la Wes Montgomery, Richard Galliano's "Romance" is conversely the slowest of slow ballads, true to its title and composer's initial intent, with Martino beautifully leading the way. There's a cohesion in this group speaking to its members' collective experience in the studio, which clearly urges and inspires Landsberger to play very well, and above all, concisely. He's not a pyrotechnical maniac nor a purist soul sender, but is quite able to express a unique point of view throughout. His composition "Valse Manouche," with lead lines by Öberg, stands out in a 6/8 framework, not so much because it is an original but that it is played by the organist expertly and with great passion. Meek is also impressive on all of his horns, and keeps developing as a deft and lithe player who never overstates the obvious. If you are a fan of the B-3, this delightful, easily recommended effort will please you and, because of its wide-ranging repertoire, will bear repeat listenings sure to reveal more with every spin." (Michael G. Nastos, AMG)
Jermaine Landsberger, Hammond B-3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano
Pat Martino, guitar
Andreas Öberg, guitar
Gary Meek, saxophone, flute
James Genus, bass
Harvey Mason, drums
Kuno Schmid, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes piano
originally from a Sinti family, has, for more than ten years now, transposed his highly accomplished and stimulating melodic piano style to the Hammond B3. His début on the Resonance label, together with guitar legend, Pat Martino, caused a sensation in the US media: “Originally a guitarist as well as a pianist, Landsberger focused more recently on the Hammond organ, on which he absolutely burns” (guitarplayer.com).
"In the evolution of any instrument, there's only a handful who are really innovative. This guy's one of them. Jermaine Landsberger is a formidable artist, a master with the flame!" (Pat Martino)
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