Wayne Peet Trio

Fully Engulfed

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Although such musicians as Larry Young--whose "Visions" is covered here--and Jimmy Smith, to name but two, embraced the organ and made it their own by sewing the instrument into the patchwork of the jazz vernacular, organ isn't the most oft-used instrument when it comes to jazz. Organist Peet, along with guitarist G.E. Stinson and percussionist Lance Lee, envelopes the traditions particular to late-'60s hard bop, adds some formidable chops--without bypassing the integrity of the compositions in the process--and grafts them whole onto the mainframe of contemporary fusion. Peet's extended and piercing keyboard washes (think early-'70s Jan Hammer) are simultaneously rife with the melancholia of blues, the driving sexiness of funk rock, and the twitchy experimental side of improv. With the refreshing and seductive FULLY ENGULFED, Peet and his trio have revitalized the sounds of the dusty organ into a many splendored thing.

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