|Respect My Art|
Organ Freeman — Respect My Art (Sept. 12th, 2017) Location: Los Angeles, CA
Album release: Sept. 12th, 2017
Record Label: Milestone Music Group
1 Long Live the King 5:16
2 Byrd vs Fish 5:47
3 Got Change for a Nickel? 5:10
4 The Green Green Grapes 5:28
5 Don’t Eat Your Fingers 6:48
6 E.T. Af 7:33
7 Putin and I Get Along Fantastic 6:02
8 Reptile Moonshine 6:36
9 Fly You Fools! 6:44
℗ 2017 Milestone Music Group
••›♣ Comprised of Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar), and Trevor Steer (organ/keys), the young band has already begun to make a reputation for themselves in the funk/jam scene with their unhinged live performances and eclectic, technically proficient recordings. Respect My Art is the band’s second release, following their 2015 self~titled record, Organ Freeman. The band’s newest effort leads the them largely in a new direction, as they meld EDM electronics with traditional organ trio instrumentation.
••›♣ Of the new record, Steer explains, “Our goal for this album was to try to create the biggest, most expansive sound we could as a three piece, so instead of writing and arranging with the instrumentation in mind, we decided not to shy away from layering or sounds that wouldn’t normally be considered in an organ trio setting.”
••›♣ For Respect My Art, Organ Freeman ventured outside of the standard drums~keys~guitar lineup of an organ trio and enlisted some heavy hitters to join in on the magic. They invited Theo Katzman of Vulfpeck, as well as Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz, alongside bassist Sean Hurley (Vertical Horizon), trumpet player Sean Billings (Jungle Fire), alto saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller’s Wheel) and tenor saxophonist Jesse McGinty to fill out various tracks on the album, delving deeper into previously uncharted territory for the band.
••›♣ However, one aspect of the album does not~thankfully~seek out uncharted territory ia the issue of song names. As an instrumental band, the names of the songs are largely open to interpretation. On Respect My Art, the band’s song names are once again hilariously engaging. With Organ Freeman, bizarre and amusing titles like “Byrd vs Fish.” “Got Change for a Nickel?,” “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” “E.T. AF,” and “Putin and I Get Along Fantastic” pull the listener in, and the band’s explosive musicianship grabs them by the chin, slaps them across the face, and instantly converts them into a fan. ••›♣ http://liveforlivemusic.com/
BY S. VICTOR AARON
••›♣ It might be pretty obvious from the name that the LA~based trio Organ Freeman mines the soulful sonority of the Hammond B3, but they take it to fresh places that Jimmy Smith never did.
••›♣ Respect My Art is the second long~player for this progressively minded organ/guitar/drums combo, following their 2015 self~titled debut. Trevor Steer handles organ and other keyboards, Erik Carlson mans guitar and Rob Humphreys is behind the drum kit. This band doesn’t get hung up on tradition, and there’s no classic Blue Note greasy soul jazz here. Sure, the B3 godfather Smith had to happen first before Organ Freeman, but Organ Freeman takes it forward to the present.
••›♣ These guys put out a big sound for a small band. Both guitar and organ are soaring with thick slabs of heavy riffs on “Byrd vs Fish,” which reveals how they can rock as hard as they groove.
••›♣ That big sound gets a little bigger for the three tracks where they’ve added a trumpet/alto sax/tenor sax lineup to soul things up further. “Long Live The King” gets going with a crisp, funked up rhythm and bolstered by that 3~man horn section and an extra guitar. The horns return for “The Green Green Grapes,” a NOLA street party number that compares to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Punchy RnB styled horns add a kick to “Putin and I Get Along Fantastic” and Steer’s organ showcase owing as much to Rod Argent as it does Charles Earland.
••›♣ There’s no set rules with this band as to what certain style should be played, and often, they just mix ’em up; “E.T. AF” goes reggae on the A section and Rock on the B section, and it all goes together rather well. “Got Change For A Nickel” has a Soulive thing going, with guest Theo Katzman’s vocal scat over his guitar lines even resembling Eric Krasno. And for “Fly You Fools!”, Humphreys employs taut, drum ‘n’ bass pulses and mixes it up with other rhythms.
••›♣ The advance single “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” is energetic and dynamic but keeps its focus, and Carlson’s Hendrix~styled licks adds hot sauce to an already blazing number.
••›♣ Now available at major retail outlets, the substantive Respect My Art grooves, rocks and makes you feel good without that nasty guilty pleasure aftertaste.
|Respect My Art|