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Downbeat - June 2010 (three stars)

Recorded live on their home turf in Michigan, Organissimo's fourth recording, Alive & Kickin'! (Big O 2414; 76:17 ***), demonstrates the trio's stylistic breadth. But their ability to span early Jimmy Smith groove to British prog rock to jam band elasticity also reveals an inability to edit themselves. While these gigs were likely memorable to see live, extended workouts like the 18-minute 'Pumpkin Pie' don't translate well in a sterile listening experience. That said, Jim Alfredson III is a remarkable organist who seamlessly synthesizes several generations of keyboard influences. ~ James Hale