John Altenburgh

Legends of Keelerville

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Keyboardist John Altenburgh contributed all eight selections to this intriguing, if occasionally commercial, release. The music ranges from fine straight-ahead pieces to a couple selections that sound as if radio airplay were their main objective. Altenburgh is at his best on organ, though he also plays piano and electric keyboards; on "Falls City" he also overdubs a muted cornet and guitar. Of the supporting cast, trumpeter Bob Kase and especially tenor saxophonist John Greiner have their spots, and on the better pieces the ensemble sound is quite appealing. Although a bit of a mixed bag, there are enough strong jazz moments to make this disc (which features musicians from the Midwest) recommended.

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