Big Weeds Review, The Hour – Montreal, Quebec

Big Weeds

Mike Chamberlain

The cover art on Vancouver saxophonist Cory Weeds’ debut album evokes the Reid Miles graphics on the classic Blue Note albums of the ’50s and ’60s. That’s no accident, as the music on the disc is a throwback to the soul jazz of organist Jimmy Smith, as Weeds’ big-toned meat-and-potatoes playing is supported by the New York-based organ trio of Mike LeDonne, with Peter Bernstein on guitar and Joe Farnsworth on drums on this live set recorded at Weeds’ club, The Cellar, in January of this year. There’s nothing fancy here, and no one is trying to reinvent the wheel – this is simply honest, swinging hard bop with a lot of heart.

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