"With Soul Project, organist Vanessa Rodrigues steps out with infectious grooves and outstanding playing, paying homage to the established organ trio tradition while remaining completely modern.
While Rodrigues has a strong background in everything from classical piano to more spiritual works on church pipe organ, it's clearly the soul-drenched music of artists like Dr. Lonnie Smith, with whom Rodrigues spent a month as a live-in student, that is her main passion.
On Soul Project Rodrigues is teamed with guitarist Donna Grantis (Prince - 3rd Eye Girl), a player with a warm, Grant Green-esque tone and similarly blues-informed approach; and drummer Jean-Pierre Levesque, who is as comfortable with the New Orleans second line approach of 'Marble Rye' as he is the deeper funk of 'The Red Dirt Jam.' Turntablist DJ Killa-Jewel is featured on four of tracks, adding a taste of hip hop to the mix."
(taken from John Kelman's review in All About Jazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=16415)
Vanessa Rodrigues - Hammond B-3 organ
Donna Grantis - guitar
Jean-Pierre Levesque - drums
special guest - DJ Killa-Jewel - turntables
CD mini-review from the Montreal Mirror:
Vanessa Rodrigues Soul Project (independent) Montreal's queen of the Hammond B-3 organ shows her skills on this funky, 10-song offering. One of the few who've gone that extra mile to do it right with style. 8.5 (SC)