"Not the typical standard Organ Trio Soul Jazz. This is a powerhouse on another level (and with some great guests too), and will be a constant in the record boxes of the right DJ's for a long time" - Snowboy
It’s album release time for this Madrid-based soul/jazz organ trio who have been burning up stages and festivals throughout 2019 and who have already had a successful single out on Rocafort Records. Beat Bronco Organ Trio have not rewritten the Hammond musical handbook, but they do what it says on the tin rather splendidly – a Road Trip that grooves, swings and sashays around the familiar but much loved funky jazz theme.
Although it’s impossible to listen to the album without summoning up the ghosts of Jimmies McGriff & Smith and the like, nearly all tracks here are originals and shout out personality, verve and respectful homage to the tradition. Featuring the usual leitmotifs: Shaftish film soundtrack, lo-fi lounger, gospel-tinged toe-tapper, the hip shaker and much wah-wah frenesi, there’s nothing not to like if the genre is your bag.
The steaming horn section on “Hard Play” thickens the sauce à la JBs and the Meters, aided along by a unique orchestra of handclaps. Vocalist and guitarist Alberto Palacios storms in with “Hey Hey”, an old Dave Bartholomew classic from New Orleans, just to remind us where Fats Domino and Ray Charles got it all from. Chip Wickham makes two welcome appearances on flute, adding an extra jazzy touch to “Squirtly” and “Electro Pi” – the latter a fabulous trippy, spacious head-nodder that demands in our opinion some kind of a wigged out drum’n’bass remix. Every track is clearly dominated by variations on the vintage keyboard, be it Hammond, Clavinet or Minimoog; all roads lead to that sexy, sacred sound.
Spain is already prominent on the modern-day Funk map thanks to groups like The Sweet Vandals, Speak Low and Mighty Vamp – and it comes as no surprise that our hero trio featured at various times in all these bands. Gabri Casanova (keys), Lucas de Mulder (guitar, percussion) and Antonio "Pax" Alvarez (drums, percussion) have been busy reviving the funk gospel for some time now. Road Trip is an elegant culmination of their efforts in keeping alive a revered and timeless tradition that still today serves as a reference to where all the good stuff came from: The Church!
released February 28, 2020
Gabri Casanova: Hammond organ, clavinet, minimoog & backing vocals
Lucas De Mulder: guitar, backing vocals & percussion
Antonio Pax Alvarez: drums & percussion
Chip Wickham: flute on Squirtly & Electro Pi.
Alberto Palacios: voice & guitar on Hey Hey.
Luis Soler: trumpet on Hard Play.
Diego Jiménez: baritone sax on Hard Play.
Arantza: trombone & tuba on Hard Play.
Recorded at Casanova Keyboard Studio.
Mixed by Santi "Sweetfingers" Martin.
Mastering: Victor García at Ultramarinos Mastering
Firstly, for me, you can never go wrong with having quinto/congas added to the vibe (being a son of a conguero and playing off and on myself) I love the feeling the percussion brings. Anyhow, I get the same chilled sensation I got when I first heard Dorthy Ashby and Lonnie Liston Smith (both my favs) from the this album. The instrumentation overall is blended to perfection, I can listen to this album all the way through. I dont have a favorite track, but I did play Blue to Red more than once. khemet
Modern Jazz? Who wants to hear it? YOU. This is the smoothest, most mellowed-laid-back modern jazz produced in the last 10/15 years, easy. You don't like the flute? Get lost. For some of us, this eases our minds. This album chills out to places that you don't usually chill out. So, relax. And chill to the wonderful sounds of Chip Wickham. Douglas McQueen