||october and december 2018 in Burbank, CA/USA
||Hammond B3 organ
01: It's You Or No One
02: Jazz For All Occasions
03: L & T
04: Nina Never Knew/Indian Summer
05: Sometine Ago
06: Poor Butterfly
08: Too Late Now
10: On The Alamo
Over the years, guitarist Doug MacDonald has showcased his deftness, artsy cool and versatility
in a wide variety of settings, from the big bands of Bill Holman, Ray Anthony and John Clayton
to his 13 piece ensemble The Jazz Coalition.
Organisms, his 14th album as a leader, is his first in years to be attributed to the Doug MacDonald
Quartet, and it’s a classic organ fired group that reflects a brisk and effortless, soulful and
crackling camaraderie between him and three well-traveled, always innovative vets - Hammond B-3
master Carey Frank (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jane Monheit), tenorman Bob Sheppard (Chick Corea,
Freddie Hubbard) and drummer Ben Scholz (Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding).
Interspersed among snazzy romps through classics like the opener "It’s You or No One" and Harry
"Sweets" Edison’s raucous blues gem "Centerpiece" are three original tracks that showcase
MacDonald’s own formidable prowess as a composer of many moods.
While the snappy "Jazz For All Occasions" and slow building percussive jam "L&T" find him
intuitively balancing his own solos with those by each member of the unit, the sensual, reflective
"Hortense" allows him to create all the emotional highs and lows on his own. The other MacDonald
solo tracks offering balance to the swinging ensemble action are "Poor Butterfly" and a beautifully
rendered medley of "Nina Never Knew/Indian Summer".
Jonathan Widran @ www.jwvibe.com