Pete Levin – Jump

January 21, 2011 / No Comments / Tags: danny gottlieb, dave stryker, drums, joe beck, lenny white, manolo badrena, pete levin, the jazzpage,

(Pete Levin Music)

We’ve probably said it before, but there’s nothing like listening a master of his craft and organist Pete Levin certainly fits that description. Jump! is the bodacious, bluesy, groovin’, funky work of his mastery. If this album doesn’t make you wanna move something, you might need to check your pulse. The project is equally comprised of tunes Levin wrote and electrified version of songs by Freddie Hubbard, Fats Waller and Charles Mingus, among others. Helping Levin brew up the groove is an A-list lineup of musicians, which includes guitarist Dave Stryker, drummer Lenny White, and percussionist Manolo Badrena. Levin pays tribute to a departed friend, guitarist Joe Beck, by including a tune they recorded together in 2008, with drums added to track by Danny Gottlieb in 2010. With such fantastic talents and corresponding performances, Jump! is truly a mover and a shaker.

Click here to listen to a clip of “The Big Dog Is Always Right”.

Tracks: Jump!, Exclamation! That Was Then, The Big Dog Is Always Right, Talk To The Animals, Nostalgia In Times Square, Little Sunflower, Candido, Alone Together, Honeysuckle Rose.