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The Hammond B-3 is Immortalized on Brian Charette’s “Once & Future”

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The realm of the Hammond B3 organ has never been a crowded field and it has remained so even today. However, where once you might have only found records of Larry Young, Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco in online and bricks and mortar stores, two more names are creating quite the storm in the realm today: one of them is Vanessa Rodrigues, the Toronto-based Brasilian and the American, Brian Charett ...Read More

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August 2nd, 2016 at 9:10 am

“Once & Future” B-3 Kings are Spotlighted by Brian Charette on New Posi-Tone Release

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Some guys are just too cool. Hammond B-3 organ master Brian Charette is one of those guys. Not only does he look cool, he knows his B-3 history, wrote a book (101 Hammond B-3 Tips), and for his 10th CD, Once & Future (Posi-Tone Records) he performs 14 tracks of super-cool B-3 funky jazz by a litany of great B-3 composers including himself. With only guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Steve ...Read More

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August 2nd, 2016 at 8:20 am

“Once & Future” by Brian Charette gets praised by Something Else

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While unboxing guitarist Will Bernard’s delightful latest offering Out & About a few months ago, it was impossible not to rave on the key contributions of his combo’s organist Brian Charette. Charette has regularly put in stellar supporting roles whether it’s for Posi-Tone Records stablemates like Bernard or any jazz leader of note in need of some maximal Hammond B3. Once & Future (P ...Read More

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July 17th, 2016 at 1:19 pm

All About Jazz takes us “Out & About” by Will Bernard

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As if more proof was necessary Out & About confirms guitarist Will Bernard is as skilled a bandleader as he is an instrumentalist. And both roles require an artful approach as this album makes clear: it’s one thing to find talented musicians-as Bernard most certainly does here-it’s quite another to elicit that talent in such a way it complements the talent (and personality) of each ...Read More

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July 3rd, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Downbeat understands the tradition of the Hammond B-3 as well its future with “Once & Future”

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In every jazz lover’s mind there exists the perfect Hammond B-3 organ player. Whether that ultimate B-3 technician is Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Larry Young or Shirley Scott, certain defining parameters exist, regardless of the individual player. But when it comes to Hammond B-3 mastery, Brian Charette wrote the book. Literally. His 101 Hammond B3 Tips (Hal Leonard) covers, among other topics ...Read More

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June 13th, 2016 at 10:29 am

“Once & Future” by Brian Charette gets dusted

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Dusted In Exile Organ aficionados dismiss Brian Charette at their own disservice. With a Positone label contract in his pocket he’s stepped up his fecundity over the past year and turned out a string of albums that refuse to cow to critics that consider the instrument gauche or played out. Lesser hands accorded such liberal access to the avenues of album production would likely risk a tapering i ...Read More

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June 3rd, 2016 at 11:39 am

New York City Jazz Record checks out “Once & Future” by Brian Charette

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Brian Charette has rapidly become a rising star on the Hammond B3 organ for the past few years and his latest CD is a salute to his fellow players, ranging from greats of the Swing Era to current players. Well accompanied by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Steve Fidyk, Charette is interested in modernizing vintage tunes while putting his stamp on them. Starting with Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug ...Read More

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May 29th, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Midwest Record feels the groove on Brian Charette’s “Once & Future”

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The guy that literally, actually and factually wrote the book about B3 will blow your mind right out of the box on the first track with the way he cascades notes on “Jitterbug Waltz”.  Whether you know anything about B3 or are a long time fan of organ trios, that track is all it’s going to take to make you a believer and join the fun.  A dead, solid killer of a set, this is gold standard a ...Read More

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May 18th, 2016 at 9:20 am

Raul da Gama reveals the truth behind “Out & About” by Will Bernard

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It’s never an easy ask, playing Will Bernard’s whimsical music. Then playing it well. Then playing it this well. But this quintet led by none other than Will Bernard himself makes it seem so elemental and easy. And mind you this repertoire might seem easy if you read the names of the tunes out aloud. But make no mistake the music is diabolical but if this benchmark recording is a significant o ...Read More

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April 1st, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Richard Kamins gives positive affirmation to “Out & About” by Will Bernard

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For his 8th album as a leader (and 2nd for PosiTone Records), guitarist and composer Will Bernard went into the studio with a crackling rhythm section (drummer Allison Miller and bassist Ben Allison), organist Brian Charette, and saxophonist John Ellis.  While Bernard is often found in situations where he is called on to be “funky”, his PosiTone recordings have given him the space to ...Read More

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March 17th, 2016 at 10:48 am