Aaron Lington Organ Quartet closes out Harker Concert Series season

The Aaron Lington Organ Quartet offered up a mixture of standards, rearranged popular songs and more at the final concert of the 2023-24 Harker Concert Series season on Friday night at the Patil Theater. Lington, a baritone saxophonist, arranged the evening’s combo, which featured Brian Ho on a Viscount organ that emulated the sound of Hammond’s legendary (and now legendarily rare and expensive) B3. Joining the group on guitar was Bruce Forman, playing an instrument once owned by the great jazz guitarist Barney Kessel. Completing the ensemble was drummer Jason Lewis, a longtime collaborator of Lington’s and a professor of music at San Jose State University.

In keeping with jazz tradition, each member was allowed to let loose throughout the evening. One particular showcase was the group’s rendition of “The Cooker” from “The George Benson Cookbook,” loaded with tricky passages that Lington and Forman played in tight unison. Elsewhere in the set, the funky Jaco Pastorius number “The Chicken” saw Ho deftly navigate the celebrated bassist’s inimitable grooves. Lington and friends also found plenty of time for slower tunes such as Guy Wood and Robert Mellin’s “My One and Only Love,” made famous by the likes of John Coltrane and Sting, during which Lewis’ breezy brushwork was a highlight.

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