Q - 2/91
Recommended as one of the five best jazz albums of 1990 - "...Delightful Hammond organ record from the young German specialist, displaying regular Hammond blues-bashing (including the almost obligatory Killer Joe) and some quirky originals..."
Down Beat - 4/914 Stars
- Very Good - "...Taking a modernist approach, Dennerlein investigates ways to develop the instrument and stretch the boundaries of the idiom....she lies somewhere between Carla Bley and Larry Young, with a few allusions to the more frantic fusion stylings of Jan Hammer (circa 1974's TIMELESS)..."
Personnel: Barbara Dennerlein (organ); Andy Sheppard (tenor saxophone); Mitch Watkins (guitar); Mark Mondesir (drums).
Recorded on June 6-8, 1990.
Personnel: Barbara Dennerlein (Hammond b-3 organ, synthesizer); Mitch Watkins (guitar); Andy Sheppard (tenor saxophone); Mark Mondesir (drums).
Audio Mixer: Carlos Albrecht.
Recording information: Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg (06/06/1990-06/08/1990).
Photographer: Ralph Weber.
Organist Barbara Dennerlein's second Enja CD matches her distinctive organ and synthesizers with guitarist Mitch Watkins, drummer Mark Mondesir and (on five of the nine numbers) tenor saxophonist Andy Sheppard. Dennerlein contributed seven of the nine selections (the others are "Killer Joe" and "Seven Steps to Heaven") and her music ranges from blues to advanced hard bop, offering organ fans an alternative to the Jimmy Smith/Joey DeFrancesco style. ~ Scott Yanow