With a nod to the classic Hammond organ/guitar trios of the 1950s and 60s,
guitarist Jon Dalton presents a toe-tapping, feel-good session of swinging standards and
soulful original compositions with Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World. Although based in Los
Angeles, Dalton recorded the disc in his homeland of England with organist John-Paul
Gard and drummer Andy Roger.
With a style heavily influenced by guitar giants such as Wes Montgomery and Grant
Green, Dalton utilizes singing, single-note lines with horn-like dexterity. Rejecting
inappropriate flash for lyricism, the guitarist constructs warm, listener-friendly solos with
an emphasis on maintaining the groove.
The relaxed interplay between Dalton and his trio-mates shines throughout, especially on
the gospel-inspired "Groove Merchant," Miles Davis' "So What," "T4JOEY,"a minor-key
waltz written by Gard, and an ultra-hip version of "The More I See You." Gard
demonstrates a thorough understanding of the deep traditions of organ jazz, emulating
the styles of Jimmy Smith, Big John Patten and Jack McDuff. A convincing example of the
organist's ability to dig deep into the blues well can be heard on Dalton's "Chisler's Blues."
A bright moment from the recording is the up-tempo swinger "Plastered," with Roger
pushing hard behind the drums and Dalton and Gard delivering stirring solos. All in all,
Warm Ghosts (in a) Cold World is a fine example of strong group interaction from three