Nuestro Camino (Public Hi-Fi)
Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Fri., June 14, 2013
DupreeNuestro Camino (Public Hi-Fi)
Dupree's Sunday night residency at the Continental Club Gallery spotlights Mike Flanigin on Hammond B-3 organ, Kyle Thompson behind the drum kit, and guitarist Jake Langley. Their greasy, funky grooves recall Big John Patton's Blue Note sides and Jack McDuff on Prestige Records. In trying to capture a live-in-the-studio sound, the trio turned to ace Austin producer Jim Eno, who recorded the entire LP in one afternoon, direct to 2-track analog tape with no editing or overdubs. Nuestro Camino (Our Path) thus becomes the first release on the Spoon drummer's Public Hi-Fi label. Flanigin really goes to town on the original "KC" and his tribute to B-3 maven Leon Spencer is a gas. Langley, a veteran of Joey DeFrancesco's organ trio and Elias Haslanger's Church On Monday juggernaut, remains one of the hottest guitarists in Austin. He's superb throughout, particularly on his own "Malibu Classic" and Horace Silver's smokin' blues, "Cookin' at the Continental."