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Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

Read "Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)" reviewed by Joe Gatto

Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.

Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

Akiko Tsuruga: So Cute, So Bad

Read "So Cute, So Bad" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On more than one occasion I've sat back while listening to jazz organ giants of yore and thought to myself, “they don't make 'em like this anymore." And while it's true that one-of-a-kind greats like Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, and Jimmy McGriff are gone for good, and nobody ...

Melvin Sparks: Live at Nectar’s

Read "Live at Nectar’s" reviewed by Joe Gatto

A cool thing about music is that when you follow a band for a long time, you eventually get turned on to the music that influenced them. You get to hear all kinds of exciting new music, and start digging deep, going down groovy rabbit holes to discover great musicians you might not find on your ...

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

Read "Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gregory Lewis has been fairly obsessed with the music of Thelonius Monk from a young age when he first started out performing Monk's repertoire on piano. So the adopted moniker Organ Monk seems appropriate. His move to the Hammond B3 was significant because the style he evinced is remarkably close to that of the late Larry ...

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Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet: That Feelin'

Read "That Feelin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike LeDonne's splendid Groover Quartet has earned a cozy groove for itself, somewhere between fresh from the oven and the halcyon days of organ combos led by Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson and others. While embracing their essential groundwork on the one hand, LeDonne moves steadily forward with the ...

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Jimmy McGriff: Late 1969

Jimmy McGriff: Late 1969

In the 1960s, organist Jimmy McGriff had a more pointed attack on the keyboard than many Hammond organists of the period. His playing was percussive and funky, with a heavy dose of the blues. McGriff was childhood friends with organ pioneer Jimmy Smith, and organist Richard “Groove" Holmes gave him lessons. He also studied at the ...

Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969

Read "Reuben Wilson: Blue Mode – 1969" reviewed by Marc Davis

1969 was the grooviest year in a very groovy decade. The Beatles, on the verge of a breakup, urged everyone to get back and come together. The Temptations couldn't get next to you. And Sly Stone took everyone higher at Woodstock.

At that very moment, in the waning days of 1969, Reuben Wilson funked ...

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Chris Foreman: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

As the house organist at the legendary The Green Mill as well as a member of various ensembles Chris Foreman is one of Chicago's unsung jazz heroes. As a sideman Foreman has marked several recordings with his soulful, earthy grooves and, finally he has released an album under his own name. On his much-anticipated debut Now ...

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Michael Kocour: Spiffy

Read "Spiffy" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Keyboardist Michael Kocour revisits his Hammond B3 organ roots in this collection of hard-swinging tunes presented in the tradition of jazz organ legends such as Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and Don Patterson. McDuff in particular is a stylistic mentor: Kocour met him during his college years while attending the renowned jazz program at the University of ...

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Music Education Monday: B-3 for beginners

Music Education Monday: B-3 for beginners

The sound of the Hammond B-3 organ is an integral part of many American musical genres, from blues and funk to gospel and soul. It's been part of jazz, too, almost since its invention in 1935, but really came into prominence starting in the 1950s thanks to Jimmy Smith. Smith, a jny: Philadelphia native who started as ...


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