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Delving Into the Deep Blue

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"Blood may be thicker than water, but you can't live without water." class="f-right s-img"> --Novelist Jane Porter

While the members of Deep Blue Organ Trio were not brought together by shared parentage, guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Chris Rockingham and organist Chris Foreman share a closeness, mutual respect, and loyalty that many families would envy. Their bond and brotherhood extends beyond their music. These men love what they do and they love the men that they get to do it with.Like a good family, no one member tries to steal the spotlight from the others. The trio ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

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Wonderful! presents the Deep Blue Organ Trio's jazz take on nine Stevie Wonder hit songs that span Talking Book (Motown, 1972) to Songs in the Key of Life (Motown, '76), plus Wonder's 1969 hit single “My Cherie Amour" and “Tell Me Something Good," Chaka Khan's breakout from Rags to Rufus (MCA, '74) by Rufus (and which Wonder never recorded).Guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Greg Rockingham, and Hammond B-3 organist Chris Foreman have played together for two decades and formed the Deep Blue Organ Trio, a mainstay on the Chicago jazz-blues circuit, in 2000. The delightfully named Rockingham knows about ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

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Since the 1960s, Stevie Wonder's “My Cheri Amour" has remained one of the most memorable love songs in popular music. In collaboration with Motown songwriters Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy, the hit song was originally titled “Oh My Marcia"--at the time, a tender ode to Wonder's girlfriend in his adolescent years. The two broke up, the song underwent a name change, and the rest is history. The Deep Blue Organ Trio offers its own heartfelt rendition of the 1969 classic in its third release, Wonderful!, dedicated to the R&B legend. The tempo is much ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

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When it came time for the SFJAZZ Collective to choose a composer to honor in their eighth season, they surprised a lot of people when they went with the one and only Stevie Wonder. While some likely view this decision as a statement that, after covering Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver, the revered jazz composer well had run dry, those with a keen ear and a strong pulse know better. The group was making a statement that Wonder's body of work is up there with the best of them, regardless ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Wonderful!

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Chicago's Deep Blue Organ Trio mines one of popular soul artist Stevie Wonder's most fertile creative periods--the late sixties through the early seventies--on Wonderful!. The organ trio format is known for its unvarnished soulfulness, and the group's reverent treatment of these familiar hits gives a breezy lift to Wonder's always engaging and ebullient melodies. Before about 1960 there was rhythm and blues in the record bins, which meant music made by anyone with an African heritage, be it the rough-hewn bluesman Robert Johnson or the smooth crooner Johnny Mathis. Then, in 1959, along came Berry Gordy with his ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Folk Music

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With the first two bars of Folk Music, you can tell that things are going to get greasy. Few people want greasy hair or greasy food, but greasy music is a whole other story: it means soulful and swinging and played with the kind of laid-back confidence that signifies true mastery. “Blues is the preacher, jazz is the teacher, says the group's website. This approach is one reason this CD is a pleasure from beginning to end.Another is the personnel. The Deep Blue Organ Trio has been playing at Chicago's famous Green Mill club for years, and their ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Folk Music

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Since 1992, Deep Blue Organ Trio has been working tirelessly to keep the flames of classic organ jazz burning. They've held down a weekly gig at Chicago's Green Mill and have released two highly acclaimed discs for Delmark Records: Deep Blue Bruise (2004) and Goin' to Town: Live at the Green Mill (2006). On Folk Music, the trio's first release for Origin Records, guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Greg Rockingham and organist Chris Foreman dig deep into the well of organ trio grease. Throughout the disc's nine tracks, the spirit of past B3 pioneers is strongly felt. The styles of Jimmy ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Goin' To Town - Live At The Green Mill

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Deep Blue Organ Trio Goin' To Town: Live At The Green Mill Delmark 2006 On most Tuesday nights since 2003, The Deep Blue Organ Trio has dished out a thick and satisfying dose of jazz blues at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Chicago, Illinois. This DVD captures essence of the trio with music that sticks to your ribs and touches the heart, whiles capturing three highly skilled musicians who have formed a unique bond after playing together since 1992. At the center of the group is Chi Town favorite, B3 ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Goin' to Town - Live at the Green Mill

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Deep Blue Organ Trio Goin' To Town: Live At The Green Mill Delmark 2006

Although Philadelphia is the acknowledged capitol of jazz organ, Chicago South-siders with long memories will make a compelling case for the prominent role of the B-3 at some of the Windy City's most historic blowing sessions. There's no shortage of stories about Stitt and Ammons dueling at McKie's Show Lounge on Cottage Grove at 63rd Street in the company of some of the “baddest" players--Don Patterson, Eddie Buster, Jack McDuff, Leon Spencer, Odell Brown, Hank Marr, even the ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Deep Blue Bruise

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Deep Blue Organ TrioDeep Blue Bruise Delmark 2004 At last, an honest, straight-ahead organ trio record. There are no affectations here such as twenty-minute jam bandlike noodling; no additional synthesizer or other electronic riffs added to simple, yet powerful rhythms; and no attempts to transform grunge classics into funk numbers. Instead the band works out on a collection of originals, jazz and rock classics and--to be honest--tunes that skirt schlock, making them all instant foot tappers that impress as they lock into the groove. Guitarist ...

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Deep Blue Organ Trio: Deep Blue Bruise

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There's a loose quote from an unknown source that states that “soul can't be taught or learned, you either have it or you don't." This most definitely seems to be the case with the Deep Blue Organ Trio. They simply have it. Even though this is a debut recording, the trio was formed in 1992 and has performed weekly at one of Chicago's premier jazz venues, the Green Mill lounge. The players include guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Greg Rockingham, and organist Chris Foreman, who has been called “Chicago's most exciting and under-recorded organist." Together their credits include associations with names ...



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