The classic sound of Kansas City born Blue Note organist - the Ike Quebec mentored - Big John Patton (1935-2002) was one that you used to hear a lot during the acid jazz era. It is still compelling as a lounge party vibe like no other.
A new version of 'Ding Dong' from Patton's Understanding coming up in early 2023 has ex-Dizzy player guitarist Ed Cherry, Kyle Kohler crucially on Hammond B3 and drummer Byron ‘Wookie’ Landham on Are We There Yet? out in January.
Cherry's main line when it comes later is very clean. If anything the new version is even bouncier and dammit zanier than the original. Landham keeps the style of Understanding's Harold Walker closely in mind.
Vibist Monte Croft completes this early 2023 Jeremy Pelt produced Cellar Live release personnel.
And you can hear the 1980s ''young lions'' era head Croft who recorded albums for Columbia that included A Higher Fire massively to effect on Cherry composition 'Jean/Pauline.'
On the Patton treatment itself listen how tenorist Harold Alexander rips the tune up when you voyage deep into the tune.
The upcoming Are We There Yet? also includes a version of Wes Montgomery's 'Mr. Walker' a shoulder swaying number that goes back in recording terms 8 years earlier than Understanding given that it was on 1960 Riverside classic, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery initially - Wes with Tommy Flanagan and the Heath brothers Albert and Tootie on that astonishing classic that repays constant relistening most days. Ed Cherry, detail from the Are We There Yet? cover art