Jimmy Ponder

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Guitarist Jimmy Ponder's trio date is very much in the style of the classic mid- to late-'60s soul-jazz sessions. His double-time version of "God Bless the Child" is a bit reminiscent of Richard "Groove" Holmes' hit version of "Misty," and the other standards are all interpreted with swing and soul. Ponder has an appealing sound that blends in well with organist Gene Ludwig and drummer Cecil Brooks III and results in accessible ensembles. Although few surprises occur, none are really needed, for this style of music always pleases organ fans and lovers of swinging soul-jazz.

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