On this unusual set, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith
, with guitarist Doug Munro
, and (on five of the 11 selections) tenor-saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman
do the improbable. On Boogaloo to Beck: A Tribute
takes a full set of songs by rock performer Beck
and turns them into funky soul-jazz. In fact, the results often sound like a late-1960s Blue Note album. The individual selections are not all that memorable or inspiring (it is doubtful that any of these Beck
tunes will catch on in jazz), but Smith
and his bandmates play quite well and deserve credit for trying to come up with fresh material for their grooves.