PRIVATE PILE: BOB ZELLIN TAKES US FOR A WHIRL

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Bob Zellin: Sunny + The Shadow Of Your Smile
From In a Whirl (Di No, 196?)

Sometimes, all it takes is a good cover. Add to that a 20-something organ prodigy, stroking the B-3, H-100 and a harpsichord, recording for a custom label, and covering a slew of jazz standards. This may border on lounge kitschy (not an unfair characterization) but a B-3 has such a distinctive, playful character that I’m willing to forgive a lot to hear someone who knows what they’re doing. Both of these covers are loyal to the original but all that means is that you can appreciate how good the original songs were, especially “The Shadow Of Your Smile”: such a lovely yet haunting tune.

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