The longtime comrades realized they had hit on something special and began working on the project that would become Jimi. Selections will be immediately recognizable to rock aficionados, as the trio launches into scorching, exploratory reads of cuts such as “Purple Haze,” “Little Wing” and “Fire,” as well as a couple of originals. Abbott’s leads certainly bear Hendrix’s imprint, but he’s hardly imitative, putting his own blues and jazz stamp on this material. Jenkins, too, finds individual expression through his heated, textured organ riffery. And, of course, any Hendrix salute requires a muscular, dynamic drummer, and Marlier more than fits the bill. Veteran jazz musicians interpreting one of the most influential rock artists of the past 50-plus years makes for a thrilling experience.