Mitchell Long

The Organ Grinders Review by E. K. Torkornoo

I believe that Mitchell Long's The Organ Grinders with Gordon Sims on the Hammond B-3, and Mitchell Long on Guitar replicates and boldly extends the great and classic jazz tradition established by jazz greats Jimmy Smith, and Wes Montgomery. Sims weaves a masterful combination of solos, melody and base at once self-effacing, and then screamingly creative. Long's command of the guitar is deep and diverse; demonstrating a range - from classic to popular - that is cerebral, and also refreshingly modern. Together, this dynamic duo is more than amply complemented by the drum groves of Kevin Smith to deliver some of the best classic style jazz in the west. The Organ Grinders with Sims and Long are Denver's answer to jazz greats Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. This unheralded local Denver treasure is worth the patronage of jazz aficionados and local media alike.

E.K Torkornoo