extraordinary gospel jazz organ Mike LeDonne – WONDERFUL: I first enjoyed Mike’s wonderful keyboard work when I reviewed his powerful “Speak” album some time back… that album focused mainly on his piano; this new release will thrill organ lovers across the globe… here’s a sample of “Put It Back” that will give you an up close and personal look at his joyful creative force…
There are a few other videos of his live performances when you SUBSCRIBE to Mike’s YouTube channel (as did I; would LOVE to see more live performances posted there, Mike, hint hint).
What makes the new album truly stand out from all the others is the masterful blending of powerful gospel choir with jazz organ… you’ll hear that immediately as you listen to their soulful 5:58 rendition of “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing“… Eric Alexander’s tenor sax just SHINES on this tune, folks!
It only took one listen through the eight exciting tune to make my choice for personal favorite… the aforementioned “Put It Back” just SMOKES with energy and offers us hope for the future… Mike’s organ is amazing on this tune.
If you’re a jazz organ lover, you won’t be able to do without this jazz gem in your library… I give it a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 5.00; which means it also gets a “PICK” for “best jazz organ album”. You can pre-order this 16 February, 2024 release on Mike’s Bandcamp page for the album below.