Permutation

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Permutation

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The latest album from iconoclastic organist Jeff Palmer, Permutation, finds the inventive keyboardist in his customary place, -- sitting behind the Hammond B-3 instrument that he has been pushing to astonishing musical heights for more than four decades, but here recording for the first time music that might be considered extraordinary even for this innovator. Long recognized by his peers for his groundbreaking approach to making music on an instrument that has known few developments since coming to the forefront of the popular soul jazz movement pioneered by the great Jimmy Smith, Palmer expanded the harmonic vocabulary of the B3 keyboard and it's bass pedals, on a series of albums of original compositions featuring likeminded players such as guitarists, John Abercrombie and John Scofield, saxophonists Arthur Blythe, Vincent Herring, Dave Liebman and Billy Pierce, and drummers Rashied Ali, Victor Lewis and Adam Nussbaum. Maintaining the swinging Smith influenced blues based sound rooted in his early experiences of playing with George Benson and Grant Green, Palmer's approach to the Hammond organ - incorporating the Coltrane influenced modal modernizations of Larry Young and the sonic adventurousness unleashed by Miles Davis on Bitches Brew - remains one of the few future oriented ones on the instrument today. As it's title suggests, Permutation finds Palmer playing a transformative music that is both fresh and exciting. Joined by two sympathetic colleagues from his upstate New York working unit - alto saxophonist Devin Garramone and drummer John Fisher - the organist presents a new sound that combines the harmonic sophistication of jazz with the soulful feeling of funk and the unrelenting energy of rock, while remaining true to his perpetual desire to create music that remains true to it's blues roots, but always rises above the commonplace. The eleven original compositions comprising Permutation once again reveal Palmer's melodic gift, while placing his lyrical lines in a fresh context that is sure to attract new listeners - particularly younger ones with an ear poised to rock and funk. The opening quot;Dragonquot; begins on a funky rhythmic note that echoes the southern soul sound R&B of groups like Booker T and MG's, but quickly moves into a jazz rooted melody reminiscent of the Eddie Harris classic quot;Freedom Jazz Dance.quot; Garramone's scorching strident alto - at times recalling the tone of longtime Palmer foil Arthur Blythe - wildly fires things up here, with Palmer's organ solo offering a cool respite as Fisher's inexorable drumming keeps things cooking throughout. quot;Airplayquot; follows with a similarly serpentine melodic line laid down by Garramone's Maceo Parker influenced alto over Palmer's bluesy B-3 background and Fisher's busy funky drumming, leading into the organist's own showcase, during which he demonstrates his well known mastery of the instrument, moving from earthy soulfulness to atmospheric etherealism and back. The powerful track quot;Penetrationquot; is a no holds barred jazz tour de force with an intriguing minor key melody that once again finds Garramone's acerbic alto recalling the avant funk sound of Blythe, while Palmer's organ reveals his prominent position in the extension of the Jimmy Smith - Larry Young lineage in his both bluesy accompaniment and Trane-like soloing. Palmer's quot;Destinyquot; is an appealingly soulful ballad on which the organist clearly reveals the sanctified church pedigree of his instrument. Garramone is more restr

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Jeff & Garramone/Fisher Palmer - Permutation (CD NEW)Label: Cd Baby.Com/IndysFormat: CDRelease Date: 11 Jan 2011No. of Discs: 1UPC: 625989646027Album Tracks1. Dragon2. Air Play3. Penetration4. Destiny5. Dialog6. Pancakes7. The Snake8. Relentless9. Champagne10. Punchie11. Molecule
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