Nigel Price Organ Trio - Live! Was recorded at three venues during a UK tour in April and May 2009 (Milestones Jazz Club, Hotel Hatfield, Lowestoft; The Bull’s Head, Barnes; and Dereham Jazz Society, The Lakeside Country Club, Norfolk). Nigel Price Organ Trio - Live! sees Nigel once again supported by Pete Whittaker on organ and Matt Home on drums, the live album format capturing perfectly the energetic spirit of this gritty three piece.
Fellow distinctive jazz guitarist, Jim Mullen, describes the new album thus: Nigel’s trio has been together for five years and in organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Matt Home he has players who bring this hard swinging session to life. To my ears Nigel takes as his starting point as the Wes Montgomery Trio with Mel Rhyne on organ - an underrated group which brought Wes to the attention of the jazz world. The set kicks off with Buddy Montgomery’s Bock to Bock, a minor key swinger which sets out their stall. Keeping it in the Montgomery family, next up is brother Wes’s classic Jingles, with a beautiful crisp solo from Nigel and some great Matt Home exchanges where he echoes Roy Haynes and Philly Joe. Organist Pete Whittaker shines in a fresh take on My Favourite Things, and Nigel’s solo comes on like a homage to Wes and Grant Green. On the moving Angel Eyes, Nigel gives a masterclass in chord melody ballad playing. Nigel’s funky Mozambique looks fondly back to the bluesy history of the Hammond. The album’s second Wes tune, the up tempo S.O.S, has Nigel at his most exciting, with great lines pouring out effortlessly, chorus after chorus. When Sunny Gets Blue has another chord melody intro before Nigel takes off on a lyrical flight of fancy. Finally, Duke Ellington’s Cottontail has Nigel in stunning form at a take-no-prisoners tempo, where Pete more than holds his own and Matt keeps the fires burning.