Lenny Dee

My Favorite Things

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The instrumental pop scene of the '60s offered a variety of headlining musicians who made practically identical albums using different lead instruments. If you liked piano you could listen to Floyd Cramer, if you enjoyed the trumpet there was Al Hirt, and if you preferred the organ then Lenny Dee was your man. My Favorite Things matches his organ solos with sprightly backing and a vocal chorus on a set of songs that yields no surprises but offers a few choice moments. The first four tracks are killer, with the inevitable remake of "Yakety Sax" (as "Yakety Organ") and a surprisingly good rendition of "My Favorite Things." Thereafter, the album reverts to a routine set of easy listening standards and movie themes, but ends with a fast-paced version of "One of Those Songs" that uses an unusual organ sound. If My Favorite Things maintained the quality of its first half, it could have been one of Dee's best albums.