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Blue Planet Man

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Congo Chant
  2. Funky Mama
  3. Claudette
  4. Chip
  5. Popeye
  6. What's Your Name?
  7. U-Jaama
  8. Bama


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tyler Smith on March 22, 2012
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As I commented to the other reviewer, whose knowledge of jazz organ far exceeds mine, the only problem I have with this album is the uneasy blending of Patton's earthy approach and John Zorn's alto, which is other-worldly. In my opinion, the two don't blend well. That makes for a rather uneven listening experience.

The issue emerges on the album's first track, "Congo Chant." Patton sets up a deep groove, then here comes Zorn with a Pharoah Sanders-type attack, wailing, bleating, screeching. I'm not down on that in and of itself, but the juxtaposition is jarring. It's two worlds I'm comfortable in individually but I'm not thrilled with the way they come together.

The difference in the fit is best illustrated on the tune "Chip." It's another soulful excursion that includes a sonic attack by Zorn that to me seems out of place. After he finishes, guitarist Ed Cherry spins out some laid-back licks that fit perfectly into the groove and set up Patton for a soulful solo.

There are many nice moments on the album, notably the smooth as silk "Claudette," which features sax solos by Pete Chavez and Bill Saxton. That one sounds like it could have been an R&B/jazz hit. Patton's playing overall is fine, and he certainly knows how to create a groove -- "Popeye" is a good example of his ability to ride over the beat (and again, note how Saxton's soprano, although not especially noteworthy, makes for a better fit with the style of the tune).

I put Patton just a notch below Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in that category, but that's my taste. I'd have also axed the hackneyed vocal tune "What's Your Name," although Cherry again scores a tasty solo.

Nice album, great for a late Saturday afternoon with your favorite beverage, but warn the wife and kids before Zorn takes center stage.
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John Patton's career goes back over 40 years. He actually scored several hits by Lloyd Price (remember Personality ???) before a fruitful association with the likes of GRANT GREEN and Blue Note Records. - - From the begining John distinguished himself for a unique style of Jazz organ playing. If you're looking for just another Jimmy Smith copycat... forget this one. John is a founding member of two schools of the B-3, one the "heavy" experimental one, which would be taken over by Larry Young, and the other SOUL JAZZ, which would be taken over by Reuben Wilson, Charles Earland and countless others. BIG JOHN PATTON though is the roots. And here he is in the '90s with a sound that's the perfect blend between classic soul Jazz organ playing and hints of things to come. This album is one of his best. Earthy, Unconventional, hip and lot's of energy. John is alive and well, so keep an eye out for him - - I recently saw him in NYC with Reuben Wilson and he was hotter than ever. GET THIS ALBUM then dig deep into his classics then let me know what you think.
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