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Alive & Kickin'!
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Michigan-based organissimo has been presenting its take on modern soul-jazz for 10 years. Alive & Kickin'! is the trio's first live CD and was released simultaneously with a 75-minute DVD that has two additional tracks. All CD tracks, except Frank Zappa's "Blessed Relief," are collaborative compositions by organist Jim Alfredson, guitarist Joe Gloss and drummer Randy Marsh. My favorites: "Jimmy Smith Goes to Washington" (compete with a Smith-like greasy funk), "Groovadelphia," "Blessed Relief" and the extended jam "Pumpkin Pie."

~ Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes, 4/14/2010