Jim Payne

Energie

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Drummer Jim Payne performs bluesy material with his traditional yet forward-looking organ trio. Guitarist John Scofield sits in on the blues "Jabo" and Mike Clark plays second drums on two numbers, but otherwise the music is interpreted by the trio of organist Jerry Z, guitarist Bill Bickford (who sometimes hints a bit at Scofield), and Payne. It is danceable, grooving, funky, R&B-ish, and full of the blues without being overly predictable. While Energie can be played in the background at parties, it rewards close listenings too, for it is quite fun. The three core musicians clearly enjoy playing off each other, to the benefit of listeners.

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