Now Hear My Meaning
Lou Bennett (org), Abdu Salim (ts), Ximo Tébar (g), and Idris Muhammad (d)
Seated in Europe for decades, this is the last album of a short but enjoyable discography. A two-day tour-de-force session recorded live in Barcelona, featuring the classic Lou Bennett sturdy soul-jazz organ, backed by saxophonist Abdu Salim, Ximo Tebar, a young straight-ahead bop guitar player from Valencia, and the funk master drumming of Idris Muhammad, altogether create a remarkably full sound atmosphere. A rare must have for collectors.
01. Now Hear My Meaning (Woode) 7:56
02. 'Round Midnight (Monk) 7:59
03. Lefty Foot (Bennett) 7:22
04. I.T.A. Blues (Salim) 9:18
05. Barrio Alto (Salim) 8:11
06. Blues Alegre (Salim) 9:06
07. State Side Of Thing (Bennett) 9:52
Total time: 59:00 min. approx.
Lou Bennett (organ), Abdu Salim (tenor sax), Ximo Tébar (guitar), and Idris Muhammad (drums).
Recorded live at La Boîte Club, Barcelona, June 9 & 10, 1992
Recorded by Montseny Estudios mobile unit
Engineers: Juan Carlos Fraile & Emili Baleriola
Recording assistant: Esteban García
Produced by Emili Baleriola
"Lou Bennett began as a bop pianist, then switched to organ and became a solid player in the late '50s. With Jimmy Smith's virtuostic approach as inspiration, Bennett left piano behind in 1956, and toured the East and Midwest with his organ trio from 1957 through 1959. Bennett left America for Paris in 1960. He recorded there, played at the city's Blue Note club with Jimmy Gourley and fellow expatriate Kenny Clarke, who became one of his regulars alongside Rene Thomas. Bennett made only one return visit to America, appearing at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival. He led his own group during the '80s."
-All Music Guide