Two amazing groovers from organist Alan Haven – rare Brit jazz groovers, of the sort we never find in the US! First up is Haven For Sale – a sublime organ jazz set that's quite different than anything coming out of the US scene at the end of the 60s – a wonderful little record that draws strongly from Haven's sound
track work with John Barry, and his placement in the UK mod scene of the late 60s! Haven's organ has this fantastically clean tone – kind of like Jimmy Smith in the Verve years, but a bit different too – and backed here with some wonderful charts by Keith Mansfield, of Brit sound
library fame. Titles are covers, and very groovy ones at that – and cuts include "Norwegian Wood", "Deep Purple", "Our Day Will Come", "Goin Outta My Head", "What The World Needs Now", and "Exodus" – all swung in very groovy ways. Next up is St Elmo's Fire – a completely wonderful set that has UK organist Alan Haven taking off in amazing new directions
! The rhythms here are really set loose – no longer tied to conventional organ jazz modes, and filled with lots of new freedoms – yet still keeping things pretty groovy and swinging throughout! Haven plays organ, piano, and instrumental effects too – and percussion is by Robin Jones on drums and timbales, and Tony Uter on additional Latin Percussion – no other instrumentation at all, which makes for a very rhythmic set. Many tunes are originals by Haven – real standout numbers that sparkle beautifully – and titles include "Flying Free", "St Elmo's Fire", "Charade", "Green Iguana", "Last Of The Wild", "Ace One Johnson", and "Soliloquy".