About the album
A resilient person par excellence who keeps bouncing back, who continues as ever to move through the winding paths of music business in 2015 with the same curiosity as always, taking on a number of projects untiringly and full of vitality and feeding his status as perhaps one of the most interesting, versatile jazz trombonists living todaym the trombonist Ray Anderson has now prepared a new sound and style menu: Ray Andersonʼs Organic Quartet.
It corresponds completely to an early gustatory impression. "In 1964, in other words when I was 12, I heard 'Back at the Chicken Shack' by Jimmy Smith for the first time. The sound of the Hammond organ electrified me so much that I had the urgent desire to play in such a band starting from that moment. However, it wasn't until 1998 that I founded the Lapis Lazuli Band with Amina Claudine Meyers on the organ." Another 17 years later, Anderson believes it is now time to put the instrument he so admires completely in the center of a band Authenticity is richly provided. No one less than Gary Versace plays the organ, the rising star per se on the 91 synchronously driven gearwheels picked up electromagnetically on the Laurens Hammond, who has played alongside of John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Maria Schneider, Madeleine Peyroux and Matt Wilson. Steve Salerno (Jaco Pastorius, Bennie Wallace, Time Berne, Peter Erskine and Kenny Wheeler), a guitarist with a great reputation, provided the icing on the cake for the classic Hammond sound. Even the dominant father figure Jimmy Smith hangs over the Organic Quartet in the person of his nephew Tommy Campbell on drums. Ray Anderson has long been friends with Campbell, who already played the drums for Dizzy Gillespie when he was a young man. This resulted in extremely fruitful collaborations in the Lapis Lazuli Band and the Alligator Band
"Being The Point" reveals itself as a paintbox full of sounds, as a homogeneously conceived relationship between four musicians, in which the organ represents the perfect vehicle for the late realization of Ray Anderson's dreams as a young man. It is a sign of life on top of that from a musician, without whom jazz in the 21st century would certainly be a lot poorer.