JazzTimes - 5/00, p.180
"...Mines soul-funk-R&B grooves....It's a well done commercial album with a hot, attractive organ sound, plenty of syncopated, danceable rhythms, and contemporary saxophone and guitar solos....for craftsmanship of groove this album is a hit..."
Personnel: Reuben Wilson (Hammond B-3 organ); Saundra Williams Starr Adkins (vocals); Melvin Butler (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Donny Mcaslin (tenor saxophone, flute); Kenny Rampton (trumpet); Jason Forsythe (trombone).
Personnel: Reuben Wilson (organ); Starr Adkins, Saundra Williams (vocals); Melvin Butler (alto, flute, soprano flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone); Robin Macatangay (guitar); Kenny Rampton (trumpet); Jason Forsythe (trombone); Bruce Flowers (keyboards); Adrian Harpham (drums); Ricardo Rodriguez (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Parks .
Liner Note Author: Pete Fallico.
Recording information: Kampo Cutlture Center NYC.
Well, somebody had to title a soul-jazz organ album this eventually. Questionable puns aside, 1999's Organ Donor is a solid but unexceptional outing. In the '60s, Reuben Wilson was firmly in the second string of soul-jazz organ players, never quite making it to the ranks of "Brother" Jack McDuff or Jimmy Smith despite a string to good to great albums on Blue Note and other labels. Wilson had been keeping a low profile until the early-'90s acid jazz scene made organs a fashionable instrument again, causing the German label Ausfahrt to sign Wilson to re-record some of his most popular tunes with a younger, post-hip-hop set of musicians. The results aren't as embarrassing as they might be; Wilson is still a master at soulful grooves and meaty organ solos that come across with a minimum of flash but a ton of feeling, and his playing is excellent throughout. The problem is that the young no-names playing with him are nothing special, and the grooves never catch fire the way they should. "Groovin'" and "Got to Get Your Own '98" do benefit from the presence of singer Saundra Williams, however. ~ Stewart Mason