Play On Big John...
M. Conklin | Illinois, USA | 08/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"accent on the blues is a fairly funky recording. the tracks seem equally rooted in jazz and soul, but the organ has a way of making any kind of music sound a little more funky than it would without it. with some righteous help from marvin cabell and george coleman on tenor saxophones, patton lays down some mildly unstructured tunes that are different, but none-the-less pleasing. on tracks like "freedom jazz dance", patton hits notes that don't sound quite right. they work, but you'll know when he hits them. it's hardly a case of patton being a weak musician though, he's simply being crafty. accent on the blues borderlines on free jazz in many instances, but patton roots the arrangements and his solos enough to keep it from getting too out there. it's not the patton i would recommend starting with if you haven't heard him before, but it's a worthy addition if you have become a fan."
"Heavy Hits" from the John Coletrane of the Hammond Organ...
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 07/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is classic Patton. "Lite Hit" is a fave of mine. It demonstrates Patton's genius for taking the simple and making it profound. Its probably one of his most progressive in print. And its not just John who takes the show. This is a crack ensemble. Listen to the album first, then read the personell... you might be surprized. Its the type of album you put on the walkman, lay back on the sofa, tap your toes, wiggle your body, shake all over too and wind up on cloud nine. Don't believe me ? Check out the samples ! (Village Lee ! ! !) You know this guy is heavy and you're hearing the real thing... And you thought MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD were the real thing ! Shame on you ! (Also check out BLUE PLANET MAN ! ! !)"
More OUT of PRINT Rare Groove Series- "What a Crime"!!
Daddy-o | Beatsville, USA | 11/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that everytime I buy a Blue Note CD that I have been lookin' for a long time (years) it turns out to be a RARE GROOVE SERIES. Blue Note needs to WAKE UP!! and re-issue these funky tunes. I WANT MORE!!!!!!!"