Barney McClure


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Organist (also pianist, but not on this album) Barney McClure pumps out an excellent set in combination with guitarist Mike Denny, with some reference to the great Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery combinations of the past (though more in spirit than in composition). This is Northwest jazz with an added kick from the small Alaskan contingent of the scene. McClure plugs along with some excellent Hammond chops throughout, working off the simple riffs of Kevin Congleton's drums. Mike Denny puts himself into the spotlight from time to time with a mix of simple 12-bar blues solos and mind-bending twists on the nylon strings. The interplay is more of an off-and-on affair than a combined effort, but each player gets to show off what they can really do in their own grooves. Solos can stretch out, tweak the scales, or just repeat the same riffs over and over for hypnotic effect. This is some altogether outstanding bluesy, nightclub, up-too-late jazz with enough blues-club Hammond built in to give the listener some religion no matter how they walked in the door.

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