GALAHER ASSEMBLES ALL-STAR LINEUP FEATURING BRIAN LYNCH, DONALD HARRISON, CRAIG HANDY, AND PAT BIANCHI TO SUPPORT HIS LATEST ALBUM
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As a follow up to 2009’s Courageous Hearts, his ingenious melding of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, New Orleans second line and straight ahead swing rhythms, drummer-composer-bandleader Towner Galaher follows a different muse on the aptly-named Uptown!, his paean to Hammond B-3 organ groups that played at places like Small’s Paradise in Harlem during the ’50s and ’60s. “It runs between all the usual suspects like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith, but there’s also an element of Larry Young in there too,” says Galaher. “With an organ record people right off the bat think guitar, but this album has a different twist because it’s organ plus three horns.” Continue reading