Like many jazz organists, Mike LeDonne started out on piano. Growing up around the family music store where his father Micki played jazz guitar, his path to music was inevitable. After graduating from The New England Conservatory, he moved to New York and became a fixture in jazz circles. Earlier in his career, he established himself as a sought-after pianist, playing with the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Rollins. His eleven-year association with Milt Jackson and recording projects with Benny Golson solidified his prominence as a sideman. Now, with 8 Savant CDs as a leader under his belt, LeDonne has certainly earned himself a place in the elite club of truly great organist-bandleaders. Here he appears with his acclaimed Groover Quartet, this time with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring along for a swinging ride through an unhackneyed set of nine numbers all of which receive the unmistakable LeDonne treatment.
MIKE LeDONNE, B-3 organ • Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone • Vincent Herring, alto saxophone • Peter Bernstein, guitar • Joe Farnsworth, drums
TRACKS: I'd Never Change a Thing About You • That Feelin' • La La Means I Love You • Fly Little Bird Fly • Gravy Blues • Sweet Papa Lou • At Last • This Will be an Everlasting Love • A Lot of Livin' to Do
I'd Never Change a Thing About You
La La Means I Love You
This Will Be an Everlasting Love