Dan Wall

On the Inside Looking In

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Organist Dan Wall, well known for his work with guitarist John Abercrombie, appears here in a fairly straight-ahead setting. His associates are highly esteemed in their own right: tenor saxophonist (and Double-Time labelmate) Jerry Bergonzi, guitarist Mick Goodrick, and drummer Billy Drummond. (Bergonzi only appears on half of the tracks.) The group begins with an understated yet sizzling rendition of "Witchcraft"; other standards include a wonderful organ/tenor duet on "The Masquerade Is Over" and a closing solo organ reading of "I Fall in Love Too Easily." Unfortunately, composer credits are entirely lacking on the CD package; one can only assume that Wall wrote the remaining tunes, including the fast-swinging title track, the bright waltz "Clouds," and the churning "5 Minute Funk." All the players acquit themselves well, not least of all the leader, who remains a major, if underrated, exponent of the post-bop B3 organ.

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