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Recently there has been a glut of trendy organ jazz records. All have been capably conceived and performed. Most have been cutting edge, expanding the role of organ jazz with in the music. The majority of this music has steered away from standards and blues and focused on original compositions as vehicles. While, this is what keeps this music alive and growing, it does make it a bit low fat.
Listening to organ jazz is a bit like eating collard greens after the first frost, one longs for a bit of grease in the mix. And the keepers of the flame, Tony Monaco and Joey DeFrancesco can always be counted on to supply that Jimmy Smith salt pork. These two giants join forces on A New Generation—Paesanos on the New B3, celebrating two facts—one, that they are a new generation and are playing the newly transformed Hammond B3. Briefly, the classic Hammond B3 has been out of production since the mid-1970s. Fast-forward 25 years and digital technology has provided Hammond a new way of producing that unique sound. The new B3 is coupled with the newly designed Leslie 122xb (tube) and 771 (solid state). This analogue/digital hybrid produces a rich organ sound.
Monaco and DeFrancesco wax nostalgic on the Groove Holmes / Jimmy McGriff dyad and their Masters of the Organ series. Each man, armed with his trio, breeze through a series of Monaco originals (blues and ballads) and Nat’s "Mona Lisa" and Edoardo Dicapua’s & quot;Oh Marie." Both organists’ trios are also included in the festivities. And Festive they are. This is straight-ahead organ jazz performance that makes no demands on the listener. That makes this a very enjoyable recording to listen to.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com