Lucky Peterson concentrates here on the Hammond B-3 organ, his favorite instrument whose warm tone refers to the songs of gospel and the hymns of soul music. To pay tribute to his mentor Jimmy Smith, he surrounded himself with virtuoso partners among whom stands the prodigy guitarist Kelyn Crapp. Throughout the album, Lucky Peterson is the repository of a long musical history rooted in the blues but very open; we find the pulsation of jazz, the groove of rhythm’n’blues, and the energy of rock’n’roll. After the remarkable The Son of a Bluesman and Live in Marciac, the new album of the American bluesman Lucky Peterson at Jazz Village is already an important and indispensable disc in his lush discography. The reason for this is twofold. First of all, Lucky Peterson plays exclusively with the Hammond B-3 organ and favors instrumental pieces, and then proposes a particularly compact instrumentation (a trio orgueguitare-drums, sometimes with the addition of a trumpet or a saxophone) through a repertoire clearly oriented towards jazz, in tribute to the great organist Jimmy Smith, with classics from his repertoire (The Sermon, The Champ), and many other surprises … This jazz is tinged with soul and of blues. Music that groove and could be called “jazz’n’blues,” as in the old days of the vinyls of Blue Note. From 1956 to 1963, Jimmy Smith was also one of the locomotives of this label, knowing how to deploy with force and elegance swingups tracklistings resembling trains undulating in the night. And it is precisely by the energetic and enthralling Night Train of Jimmy Forrest that starts this album, with the presence in guest of the French trumpeter Nicolas Folmer. A piece that Jimmy Smith recorded in 1966 for Verve with the majestic guitarist Wes Montgomery, and who in this new version, as well as on the whole album, sees Lucky Peterson entrust the guitar to a musician who knows how to sound its strings between jazz and funk, in the line of the great Wes … This is a young guitarist from San Francisco named Kelyn Crapp who, given his talent and sense of feeling, will not remain long unknown! The drums are held by a New Orleans musician, Herlin Riley, who played with Wynton Marsalis and today accompanies Ahmad Jamal. And then we find on two tracks (Jimmy Wants To Groove and Back At The Chicken,
a particularly prestigious guest, the most of the African-American saxophonists, Archie Shepp in no one ! Finally, at the end of the album, Lucky Peterson invited the guitarist Philippe Petrucciani – Michel’s brother – so that he plays his famous a tribute to Wes Montgomery, Blues For Wes, in a a particularly moving version. Decidedly, a very beautiful and coherent casting for a record project that Lucky Peterson for a long time. Lucky Peterson, born in Buffalo, New York, on the 13th December 1964, began his career as a musician very early on. His father was singer and guitarist, he held a blues club (the Governer’s Inn) and young Lucky was able to learn very young at the blues by meeting the biggest bluesmen like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy or Willie Dixon. He learns the organ from the age of five and later, his teachers are nothing less than Jimmy Smith, Bill Doggett and Dr. Lonnie Smith! And it is only later he learned guitar, strongly inspired by the three King – B.B, Albert and Freddie. He meets Jimmy Smith when he is seventeen and musical relationship will last several years, they will even perform on stage set duet (both to the Hammond organ!) when memorable jam sessions.
Twelve years after his death, it was time for Lucky Peterson pays tribute to the genius and of Jimmy Smith, by dedicating himself to only to this king instrument and interpreting for the first time, high standards of jazz as this re-reading of the sublime Misty that one is not ready to forget. A predominant album instrumental, where the voice is still presents twice: Lucky Peterson himself, in an amazing re-reading of the A Song For You by Leon Russell that sang divinely well Donny Hathaway in his time, renamed for Singin ‘This Song 4 You; and Archie Shepp who delights in howling the blues in his inimitable way, like a “Shouter”, in Jimmy Wants To Groove, a composed by Lucky Peterson. Lucky has been living for twenty-five years in Dallas, Texas, but for many years his heart is become French, because the French always loved him and made him great triumphs. Since signing up at Jazz Village in 2013, Lucky Peterson travels across the country wide and occurs in most of our festivals. For the first time, he recorded in a studio Paris – the Sextan studio in Malakoff – it was in February 2016 for this Tribute, and we imagine well the Jimmy Smith ghost laughing out loud and dance like crazy during these sessions memorable!