Mort Weiss

The B3 and Me

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Clarinet-organ groups are far from common. In fact, prior to Mort Weiss' debut CD with organist Joey DeFrancesco, it is possible that combination had never been utilized before. For their second joint recording, B3 and Me, Weiss and DeFrancesco (who brought along his trio) are both in excellent form, clearly inspiring each other on a set of standards. Due to difficulties with getting Concord's permission to use DeFrancesco on this album, the project was shelved for a time and the final results do not list DeFrancesco on the outside of the CD. No matter, the music is quite enjoyable with swinging solos from DeFrancesco (the pacesetter in his field), Mort Weiss at his best, and guitarist Craig Ebner with drummer Byron Landham contributing fine support. A highlight is a lengthy exploration of "Falling in Love with Love" in six/four time that features some of Mort Weiss' most intense playing.

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