Tod Vullo

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It does not take an expert to quickly figure out who Texas guitarist Tod Vullo's main influences are: Wes Montgomery and George Benson. Vullo mostly performs music quite reminiscent of the organ combos of the 1960s and he comes up with consistently creative solos within the idiom without breaking any new ground. Rick Jackson's organ is a key voice in the ensembles and his solos show some originality within the world of Jimmy Smith. The music ranges from relaxed to fiery and both Vullo and Jackson (who are joined by bassist Dave Nichols and drummer Tim Solook) rise to the occasion. Guitarist Herb Ellis helps out on two numbers (adding a bit of competitive fire to "Cherokee") and David Caceres' alto is a nice added touch. A fine effort overall of swinging and accessible music.

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