Some great camaraderie here between tenorist Bob Hanlon and Hammond organist Mark Minchello – working in a mode that begins with some of the soulful tenor/organ currents of the 60s, but also takes off with a more contemporary flow too – thanks to some very fluid rhythm work on most of the tracks! The album's got no bass – Minchello handles all of that beautifully with the pedals on the organ – but drummers Andy Watson and Pete MacDonald often have this loose, skipping quality that opens up the music – maybe in the manner of older players like Billy Higgins or Hugh Walkers on some of the more forward-thinking organ records of the 60s – almost fast-modal, if we had to give it a name! Other players join in from track to track – and the set includes guitar by Vic Juris, Bob Devos, and Charlie Sigler – plus guest alto from Anton Denner on one track. The pair wrote some great original tunes for the record, too – titles that include "Lovessence", "Sambesque", "Jazz Orbits", and "Flat Tire Blues" – alongside versions of "Will You Still Be Mine" and "A Sound For Sore Ears".  ~ Dusty Groove

Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello: Camaraderie

Mark Minchello brings his Hammond B3 to team up with meaty toned tenor saxist Bob Hanlon with a rotating rhythm team of Vic Juris-Bob Devos/g, Pete MacDonald-Andy Watson/dr and guest alto saxist Anton Denner for nine upbeat and toe tapping tunes. Juris’ rich tone and post bop licks work well on the peppy “Sambesque” and “Lovessence” while Devos bluesy strings stretch out on “Everything Happens to Me.” Hanlon’s horn is palpable as he flexes the biceps on “Close Your Eyes” and the rhythm team delivers a snappy and irresistible backbeat for Minchello’s Leslie’s to burst at the seams on “”Flat Tire Blues.” This one’s a blue plate special, sticking to your ribs.

Mark Minchello: Trinomial

AH! The Hammond B3 trio with sax and drums, and Hammond hitter Mark Minchello makes the team wheeze, groove and fog up an interesting and well thought collection of tunes. They keep away from the blues and instead venture into uncharted waters by doing tunes not usually associated with this genre. Wayne Shorter gets a couple songs, and both “Wild Flower” and “United” work remarkably well with smoky fog and gentle lilts  on the former and a joyful sashaying dance on the latter make for some great moments. Hanlon’s tenor is molasses rich with Minchello’s deep vamps on “Blue in Green” while Hanlon’s soprano walks through the hues on his on his own “Here’s The Thyme.” Bob Devos brings his guitar in on a couple of welcome tracks, gliding through a slick groove on Hanlon’s “River” and adding some slines on “United.” The band sounds coy on the flavorful “Nobody Else But Me” and joyfully struts on Thelonious Monk’s “Eronel.” Bravo for song selection and mood creation.

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