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by Jack Bowers
Liner notes notwithstanding, the alliance of a big band and organ is hardly uniqueJimmy Smith, Richard “Groove" Holmes and Joey DeFrancesco are organ maestros who have been there and done that; even the great Oscar Peterson once dipped his toes into that water. Having said that, organist Radam Schwartz and his power-laden New Jersey-based ensemble do the concept proud on Message from Groove and GW, burning on all cylinders and swinging as hard and as often as any band has ...read more
by Edward Blanco
Hammond B3 organist/pianist Radam Schwartz has an impressive discography, appearing on over 35 albums of primarily instrumental music as both a sideman and leader. Songs for the Soul is a departure from past recordings in that it reveals his most extensive association with the vocal side of jazz to date. For this unique endeavor, Schwartz combines forces with New York vocalist Miles Griffith, along with background singers Kelsey Jillette, Cynthia Holiday, Gary Oleyar and Marcelino Feliciano. Providing the music is ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
One of the cool things about the relationship between jazz and blues is that both genres grew from the same emotional roots. At times, the only clear distinction is a subtle change in how notes are played. Is it jazz that sounds like the blues, or is it blues that sounds like jazz? On Hammond organist Radam Schwartz's Blues Citizens, the answer could be either--or both. Schwartz has decades of experience, having worked with artists including David “Fathead" ...read more
by Larry Taylor
In Magic Tales, organist Radam Schwartz and Conspiracy For Positivity have delivered jazz to enjoy--straight-ahead, spiced with funk, with creativity to burn.
Like many jazz musicians today, Schwartz also teaches--in his case as a director of the Jazz Institute of New Jersey--while keeping his hand in performing with side gigs. For a number of years, he has led groups composed of former students, with Magic Tales the second release by the current Conspiracy quintet.
Schwartz has been around some 25 ...read more