June 14, 2008
Pete Levin’s 2008 CD release Certified Organic continues to push the envelope of the traditional organ trio. Now at the beginning of a U.S. and Europe tour, Pete has scored former Hot Tuna drummer Harvey Sorgen to lay down the grooves along with Levin’s own organ bass, with the handiwork of ubiquitous veteran session guitarist John Cariddi (Steve Marcus, Patti Austin, Ricki Lee Jones) building on top of that.
While Pete knows how to feature his sidemen, when it’s time for the Hammond organ to take charge, he does just that. In addition, the organ’s bass is mixed up front as an equal element. The set rocks and grooves hard – not a hint of Smooth Jazz in sight.
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