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Barbara Dennerlein: Straight Ahead

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - "...Most promising record yet..." - Rating: B

Album Notes

Personnel: Barbara Dennerlein (organ), Ray Anderson (trombone), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Ronnie Burrage (drums).

Recorded from July 18-20, 1988.

After several recordings on her own Bebap label and for a few tiny German companies, organist Barbara Dennerlein came to the attention of a larger public with the release of this superior effort for Enja. Teamed up with eccentric trombonist Ray Anderson, fiery guitarist Mitch Watkins, and drummer Ronnie Burrage, Dennerlein performs six of her swinging originals, one apiece by Anderson and Burrage plus "Opus de Funk" and "A Night in Tunisia." The colorful voices of these musicians constantly inspire each other, and Dennerlein (whose sound with the use of MIDI had become quite original) quickly emerged as one of the brightest new stars of the organ in the late '80s. ~ Scott Yanow


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