I’m a big jazz organ fan and am always looking for soul jazz LP’s. I’ve made good progress thus far, but clean records from Philadelphia based organist Don Patterson have been a bit elusive. I’ve been second place bidder on several online auctions, but luckily found this in a record shop on a recent trip.
Patterson recorded regularly for Prestige in the 1960’s, and this 1965 trio date includes Sonny Stitt (as) and Billy James (dr). Stitt really soars on the opening cut “Diane”, which is included below. The absence of a guitarist causes a unique sense of space for this style and setting. That said, Patterson often recorded with Pat Martino during this period and I’d like to track some of those titles down as well.
(Details: Prestige 7466 stereo/blue label/Berg NJ/Van Gelder)