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Vincent Ector Organatomy Trio+

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Vincent Ector - drums
Pat Bianchi - organ
Paul Bollenback - guitar
Bruce Williams - saxophone

The fourth release from acclaimed drummer Vince Ector, Theme For Ms. P introduces fans to the bandleader’s Organatomy Trio, which features Bruce Williams on saxophones, Pat Bianchi - known for his work with Pat Martino and Lou Donaldson - on organ and special guest guitarist Paul Bollenback - of Joey DeFrancesco and Jack McDuff fame. On their debut iteration as a group, Organatomy honors the organ tradition with love and respect.
This eight-track collection - produced by Ector and Jack Kreisberg - offers a snapshot into the musical upbringing of the bandleader, composer, arranger and drummer. On Theme for Ms. P - the title track of which is dedicated to Ector’s mother “Ms. Pat” - “the South Philadelphia-native is wistful for times less serious, the days of his youth, when TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia), that marriage of funk and soul that Philadelphia exported around the
globe, was the most important thing in Ector’s much smaller world,” WRTI’s Matt Silver reviews. Offering both refreshing, reimagined arrangements of Philadelphia-inspired gems, as well as original, introspective compositions - all of which are representative of Ector’s youth - Theme for Ms. P is a swinging, soulful recording throughout.

Ector showcases his arranging skills on the album’s opening track - the classic soul tune “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” originally composed by Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, becoming a hit 1975 single for Major Harris. It reminds Vince that a “well written love song can transcend genres and invoke lost memories...” Recorded in one day - what can only be a result of the simpatico nature evident between each of the band members - Theme for Ms. P comprises of three original compositions. The first Ector-penned tune heard on the album is track two, “Dex Blues,” which was written for his sister, Linda Dexter. Here, Ector reflects upon the difficulty one might have in soloing over this tune alongside his childhood relationship with his sister - “a tricky one to solo on because of the key, which kind of sums up our childhood relationship. Since we were so far apart in age, we didn’t get to spend too much time together at home like most siblings. We got to know more about each other later on in our lives as young adults.”

Another stand out track from the album is the Benny Carter-penned tune, “The Courtship.” First introduced to Ector whilst taking piano lessons with James Weidman, the track conjures up childhood memories of his parents dancing together at home. On the arrangement heard here, Ector explains, “I decided to put a “Maiden Voyage” type vamp in the rhythm section to pay homage to Herbie [Hancock] while keeping the integrity of the tune.” Theme for Ms. P is drawn to a close with “Sister Ruth” - a Don Patterson composition which holds a special place in the drummer’s heart. Reminiscing upon many occasions when his father brought him to see Patterson at Dino’s
Lounge in West Philly, Ector recalls, “seeing Don live had a tremendous impact on my approach to playing
with an organ and prepared me for my first professional recording date, which was with “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland. Charles also grew up in South Philly. That date was recorded at Van Gelder Studios where the song was originally recorded in 1964. I also knew the drummer, Billy James, quite well, when I was learning to play this music at Ortlieb’s Jazz House in Philly during the early 90’s before I came to NYC.”

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