Reuben Wilson – A Groovy Situation

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Reuben Wilson changes up the groove from his previous Blue Note sets — and the result is one of his greatest albums to date! This smoking little set has an edge that you really wouldn’t expect — rhythms that move past the simple Blue Funk mode — into a more complicated style of funky jazz that really has Reuben hitting the Hammond in a fresh new way — of the sort he’d explore on his later albums for the Groove Merchant label. The group’s a simple quartet — with the unusual lineup of Earl Turbington on alto, Eddie Diehl on guitar, and Harold White on drums — but the sound is a lot fuller and richer, thanks to a free-spirited approach to the rhythms of the tunes. And even though a number of the cuts on the set are covers of 60s soul tracks — like “A Groovy Situation”, “Happy Together”, and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” — they come off quite differently in Reuben’s hands — and sit nicely next to strong original tracks like “Sweet Tooth” and “While The World Lies Waiting”. A sweet little funky gem!

Tracklist

01. While The World Lies Waiting
02. Sweet Tooth
03. (If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You?
04. Groovy Situation
05. Happy Together
06. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

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