Jack Wilkins is one of the most sought after and versatile jazz guitarists around today and in the last decade, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Surprisingly, this new album from our member Chris Burden's String Jazz label is Jack's first organ trio recording. From the first few bars of the opening tune, "All or Nothing at All", this beautiful, clear, mellow sound of Jack's guitar floats over the listener and with the sympathetic backing of local Hammond organist Steve Wood and drummer Tony Lawson, one can just lie back and wallow in the music. Jack contributes four compositions, among them the beautiful ballad, "Awakened Sound" dedicated to Bob and Cindy Benedetto. Other highlights are fine renditions of the standards "Old Folks" and "I Concentrate on You."
This is the finest album I have heard from Jack Wilkins for some time and the good news is that another album "Bluesin' Two," the same lineup, will be released later in the year. Highly recommended.
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