Since John Medeski, modern successors to Jimmy Smith (and Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco, etc.) have not exactly been queuing up. But all of a sudden Cory Henry came along! Behind his double keyboard, the organist of the band Snarky Puppy is putting a fresh take on the Hammond B3. The 31-year-old from New York has a CV marked by his collaborations with Kenny Garrett, Lalah Hathaway, The Roots and Bruce Springsteen. He began working when he was 19 years old with saxophonist Kenny Garrett who he accompanied for three years, then with gospel artist Kirk Franklin and Robert Glasper, Boyz 2 Men and NAS. In 2015, he was heading his own sextet - The Funk Apostles. Although influenced by Art Tatum, funk remains at the heart of Cory Henry’s music, which zigzags between jazz fusion and gospel, and electro and hip-hop. The future of music will not be possible without Cory Henry who covers Coltrane, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles with the same originality (The Revival album - 2016).
Line-up : Cory Henry (voc, k, org), Nick Semrad (k), Adam Agati (g), Sharay Reed (b), Brenton Taron Lockett (dms), Denise Stoudmire (voc), Tiffany Stevenson (voc)
Photo : © DR