JPNSGRLS released their latest LP Divorce earlier this year, but the band's singer Charlie Kerr has been keeping extra busy with a solo project on the side. He's been recording on his lonesome under the moniker Matt and Sam's Brother, and Exclaim! is pleased to introduce you to the new project with the video premiere of "Spacesuit."
For his third Criss Cross release, guitarist Peter Bernstein leads an all-star organ combo that also includes tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, organist Larry Goldings, and drummer Billy Drummond. Some of the music that the quintet performs is typical for this type of hard bop/soul-jazz group, including a hot minor-toned blues, "Means and Ends," and Percy Mayfield's blues ballad "Danger Zone." However, a few of the other selections (particularly Bernstein's four originals) are more complex and serve as evidence that the music was being performed in 1996, not 1966. The musicians all play up to their capabilities and Goldings shows that he was one of the most inventive organists of the decade.