Big John Patton

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The ultimate compilation of ‘60s (mainly) groove-based organ jazz, featuring, as it generally did, smooth guitar, a gruff tenor, and the drummer laying on the backbeat. Patton was the best of the bunch in this idiom, since his used superior material, and was a light-touched, devious, and irresistibly swinging improviser, whose solos often turn on clever rhythmic displacements within carefully teased out single-note lines. Some of the best tracks feature ‘the other Roland Kirk’, namely the multi-saxophone playing George Braith, who is definitely his own man and a very interesting player, although not the major artist Kirk was. The highlight is a groovy version of Hank Mobley’s ‘The Turnaround’, which is much better than the original and features an inspired Patton solo (check out the perfectly set up ‘rip’ at 4:08).