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Bill Milkowski (regular contributor to JazzTimes magazine)
On Blackjack, Drive-By Leslie's third and strongest release, Adam Klipple fronts a feisty crew of funkateers including guitarist Brad Shepik, bassist Chris Tarry and monster drummer Keith Carlock, with tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake appearing as a special guest on three tracks. Together they conjure up comparisons to The Meters' laid back funk and the more sophisticated, insinuating grooves of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters while throwing in exotic touches of West African rhythms, Hindustani ragas and Central Asian modes along the way.
HammondBeat.com (from a review of the compilation album 'Boogaloo to Jack McDuff')
Drive-By Leslie's rendition of 'Cold Duck Time' is a small slice of laid-back organ blues heaven featuring some down-right nasty organ work by Adam Klipple.
[Adam Klipple] shows great tenacity and imagination, exploring the style [soul-jazz] from various angles and approaches in order to plumb its innermost depths and possibilities...The band closed the first set in a fury of group improvisation.
Seven Days, Burlington
Drive-By Leslie are bounty hunters of the scorching funk groove. Pouncing on the keys of his Hammond, front man Adam Klipple has made quite a name for himself in the downtown Manhattan avant-jazz scene. This Thursday he returns to Red Square with his band of like-minded musical hooligans.
Photo by Richard Vignola.
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