Billy Larkin

I Got the Feelin'

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For his seventh album, Billy Larkin worked for the first time in a large-band setting. The Portland, OR-based Hammond organist had made his mark the leader of the Delegates and their hit instrumental "Pigmy," but followed other jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith away from his trio and into an orchestra-styled setting designed to feature him as a soloist. From the opening take on James Brown's "I Got the Feelin'," the concept works in a big way. What could have been another "jazz organist plays today's hits" snoozefest is avoided through strong arrangements from Arthur Wright and Larkin, and a nice selection of songs, including "Born to Be Wild," "The Honeydripper," and "Light My Fire." This is a consistently strong recording, with a disciplined but still gritty Larkin sounding perfectly at home as a big band soloist.

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