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Big John Patton: Certain Feeling

Big John Patton: Certain Feeling

Big John Patton wasn't big. Playing the organ-combo circuit in late 1961 and early '62, a club owner began calling him “Big Bad John." The name was inspired by Jimmy Dean's record, Big Bad John, which was released in September of that year and went to #1 on Billboard's pop chart in early November. Patton told ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge

Read "Hot Coffey in the D – Burnin at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Who is Dennis Coffey? In this period of Adderall attention spans, Dennis Coffey is this: The Temptations' “Ball of Confusion" (Gordy, 1970); Edwin Starr's “War" (Gordy, 1970); Diana Ross and the Supremes' “Someday We'll be Together" (Motown, 1969). Does that ring a bell? I know everyone talks about the West Coast's “Wrecking Crew," but, Detroit had ...

Big John Patton: Along Came John - 1963

Read "Big John Patton: Along Came John - 1963" reviewed by Marc Davis

If you like Booker T and MG's, you'll love Big John Patton's Along Came John. It is, without a doubt, the funkiest, bluesiest, most soulful organ jazz record of all time, bar none. And that includes everything ever done by the legendary Jimmy Smith.

Along Came John is a great party record, and once ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Prog Ensemble Theo Featuring Renowned Keyboardist Jim Alfredson Release Debut CD "The Game Of Ouroboros"

Prog Ensemble Theo Featuring Renowned Keyboardist Jim Alfredson Release Debut CD "The Game Of Ouroboros"

Lansing, MI – Jim Alfredson is best known for his work with acclaimed jazz trio organissimo and is considered among the best Hammond organists working today. His newest project is a solo album known under the name THEO that originated as a rediscovery of Alfredson's affection towards the classic era of progressive rock. Inspired by classic bands like Yes, ELP, King ...

The Little and Big of Florian Ross

Read "The Little and Big of Florian Ross" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

German pianist/composer Florian Ross has been making provocative music since his early Naxos Jazz recordings. He is a rolling stone, moving from one format to the next, always bringing something new and leaving something newer.

Florian Ross Elektrio
Wheels and Wires
Fuhrwerk- Musik
2013

The organ trio, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery

Read "Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the fastest-rising stars of the UK jazz scene, pianist Alexander Hawkins is remarkable in that he shines equally in both the further reaches of free improvisation and the creation of ingeniously crafted charts. Indeed, Hawkins' particular talent might be in bringing the two so close that it's hard to distinguish between them. At times ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Hutcherson: Somewhere In The Night

Read "Somewhere In The Night" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The elder statesman of the vibraphone and the fastest gun in organ town don't seem like ideal partners on paper, but on record they gel quite well. Blue Note vibraphone icon Bobby Hutcherson and the fleet-fingered Joey DeFrancesco initially teamed up for the organist's Organic Vibes (Concord, 2006), and their chemistry was so strong that they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ed Cherry: It's All Good

Read "It's All Good" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Ed Cherry is best known for his lengthy, decade-plus tenure with trumpet titan Dizzy Gillespie, but his work with another heavyweight of a different ilk--organist Big John Patton--is a more obvious influence on It's All Good. Cherry played the important role of Patton's guitar-playing foil during some of the legend's '90s comeback sessions and he ...