The mighty sound of the Hammond B-3 can be heard on countless jazz, R&B, gospel and soul classics. Years ago the synthesizer managed to relegate many B-3’s to church basements as the new electronic marvel was much lighter, cheaper and sounded almost as good as the original. Today the acid jazz revival has spurred the re-emergence of the B-3 as the instrument of choice for all pop/jazz/soul keyboardists. Organ-ized is a funky, 13-track collection featuring organists both young and old. There are hipsters Joey DeFrancesco and John Medeski, studio pros Mike Finnegan and Tommy Eyre, as well as acknowledged jazz masters Jack McDuff, Reuben Wilson and Jimmy Smith. Each player recorded a tune especially for this record and the cuts run the gamut from straight-ahead jazz (Mercy, Mercy, Mercy), to hip-hop (Swamp Road) to New Orleans-inspired funk (My Little Humidor). Overall, the compositions are good and the wide diversity of styles presented makes Organ-ized a “must have” for all organ lovers. (###)
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.