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Album Review: Late Night Soul (single)
Pete Calandra and Straight Up
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Late Night Soul (single)
Pete Calandra and Straight Up
2023 / PCM
6 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
The very aptly-titled "Late Night Soul" is the latest single from Pete Calandra and Straight Up. For this outing, the group features Pete on piano and Hammond organ, Dale Kleps on sax, Howard Joines on drums, and Stomu Takeishi on fretless bass. An original Calandra composition, this jazzy yet laid-back piece beautifully reflects the dark peacefulness of the wee hours of night, a time known to inspire some great jazz improvisations, as this one apparently did! The piece begins as a quiet smooth jazz sax and piano duet with some rhythmic drumming behind them. Soon the organ joins in, subtly at first, and then Pete really cuts loose on both organ and piano. For the second half of the piece, all four musicians are really cooking and obviously having a good time. Near the end, the intensity eases and the piece comes to a quiet close. Great stuff!

"Late Night Soul" is available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and many streaming sites including Spotify. Highly recommended!
July 7, 2023
This review has been tagged as:
JazzSingle Release
Contributing artists:
Peter Calandra
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