One casualty of jazz' precipitous decline in popularity since the '70s has been the ever- diminishing number of organ trios, once a staple of African-American urban communities. On their third and latest release, Folk Music, Deep Blue Organ Trio remain committed to continuing the thread of the organ trio as a vital part of the black community and on a larger scale, restoring jazz as an integral extension of the African-American experience.
Following in the footsteps of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Deep Blue Organ Trio are out to put the groove and grittiness back in organ jazz, but often remain understated throughout. The opener, "A Deeper Blue," is not only the most dynamic track, it is also the lone composition from Chris Foreman (Hammond B3 organ), Bobby Broom (guitar) and Greg Rockingham (drums). Folk Music could've used a few more originals; nonetheless, it remains a worthy study in cool. For the remaining eight pieces, the trio mines the modern pop and R&B songbooks with solid and sometimes unlikely interpretations of Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before" and funksters Ohio Players' "Sweet Sticky Thing," a gem to close out the disc.