Few sounds match that of a B-3 combined with a six-string, and the latest from organist Vince Seneri gives Paul Bollenback, one of today’s best jazz guitarists, a chance to shine.
Musically, there are few surprises here, but the execution of originals and chestnuts by the likes of Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern bring goosebumps to the flesh. The take on “Dearly Beloved” is a perfect example; played fast in essentially a classic organ trio setting, Bollenback shines while offering the works – single-line solos, octaves, chords, and everything in-between. He even trades eights with the organ and drums, and it’s pretty obvious a good time was had by all.
Every cut on the album carries that same “good time” vibe. The Latin funk of “Passion Dance” lets everyone take a solo, and they’re all great. Same goes for “Renegade Man,” where the group goes out of its way to avoid clichés on this light, bluesy swinger that surprises and pleases. And while this may not be his record, Bollenback proves that when it comes to traditional jazz, there are some real champions among the younger generation.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Jul. ’08 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.