Don Patterson

Funk You

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Don Patterson leads a date that also has Sonny Stitt and Charles McPherson on saxes, and Pat Martino on guitar. The other players get about as much space as Patterson, and as 1960s jazz with organ goes, this is pretty straight-ahead and boppish, rather than soul-jazz (as so much organ jazz from that decade was). For the bop factor, listen especially to the cover of Sonny Rollins' "Airegin," on which Martino in particular shines. Patterson does get in a more soulful mood on his composition "Little Angie," which has an elegiac mood somewhat similar to occasional slow instrumentals cut by Booker T. & the MG's during that period. The album has been reissued on CD, paired with a Sonny Stitt session from the previous day (Soul Electricity) on which Patterson also plays organ, on the single-disc compilation Legends of Acid Jazz: Sonny Stitt/Don Patterson, Vol. 2.

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