The opening of the group Humble Organism's Humble Beginnings
, "Hello Jansen," with its big bright organ wash and prowling bass, a rumbling set of drums laying down a backdrop, seems to say: "Kick back, baby. You're gonna get in the groove with some organ jazz." And it doesn't sound "humble." To the contrary, its a brash sound the group crafts. Rock energy, soulful grooves, a tasty guitar from Hans Luchs that rips into the shredding category quite often.
Call these guys funksters. Arrangements are tight, and influences such as Chicago's Deep Blue Organ Trio
, Sly and the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder
are mentioned. They cover rock and pops songs with style: Eddie Vedder's (Pearl Jam) tune from 1991, "Evenflow," gets as dance-able as a song can be, with drummer Maxx Popp snapping and popping, and bassist Andrew Vogt
laying down a serious funk rhythm. Pop Songstress Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" features Vogt, on bass synthesizer, noodling along in a guitar-like, Frank Zappa, Hot Rats
(Reprise Records, 1969) groove in a closing solo over the vamp; and Humble Organism's version of Steve Miller's 1976 hit "Fly Like an Eagle" shames the vapid arrangement of the original, injecting a big dose of soul, with guitarist Luch's snapping tight lines inside Dan Chase's wall-of-sound organ, before Chase gets his chance out front and goes all groove-master on us.
"Pearhofjax" comes from bassist Vogt, and it's hard to imagine listening to this live and not dancing. Guitarist Luchs teamed with Vogt to co-write three distinctive tunes, including the closer, "Charades W/ Professor X," with drummer Popp intro-ing with a roiling drum solo that gels into an tight ensemble workout before everybody gets a chance to step out front.
The Humble Organisms offer up a set of good time sounds with Humble Beginnings
Track Listing: Hello Jansen; Evenflow; Fly Like An Eagle; Interlude; Rolling In the Deep; Pearhofjax: Longtime; Interlude; Charades w/ Professor X.
Personnel: Andrew Vogt: bass; Hans Luchs: guitar; Maxx Popp: drums; Dan Chase: organ
Year Released: 2014
| Record Label: Self Produced