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Organ Grinder Swing–Adrienne Fenemor, Little Charlie, Matthew Kaminski, Music Soup, King Louie & LaRhonda Steele

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There are certain things that evoke memory more than smells and sound. Unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes, just lit, make me think of my dad's office in the 1960s. Unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes, iced-cold Budweiser in the bottle, and organ jazz and blues, make me think of what dark, urban dives should smell, taste and sound like ...


Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

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Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...


Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago

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Periodicamente, seppure con rara frequenza, i protagonisti delle ricerche e dei fermenti musicali legati alla città di Chicago negli anni Sessanta si ritrovano e incrociano di nuovo i propri strumenti. Quando la Experimental Band di Muhal Richard Abrams rappresentò un momento catalizzatore di giovani talenti voraci di musica e pronti all'esplorazione, sfociata poi nella meravigliosa esperienza ...


Dr. Lonnie Smith: Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - In The Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2

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B-3 specialist Dr. Lonnie Smith retools a dozen original compositions from early in his career and performs them live with an octet on In The Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2. Drawing material from his recordings, Finger-Lickin' Good (Columbia, 1966), Think! (Blue Note, 1968), Turning Point (Blue Note, 1969) and Move Your Hand (Blue Note, 1969), Smith, ...


Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

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Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...


Frode Kjekstad Italian Job Trio: London, UK, November 19, 2012

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Frode Kjekstad Italian Job Trio
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
Soho, London, England
November 19, 2012

The London Jazz Festival may have ended for another year the day before, after 10 exhilarating days, but jazz never rests at 47 Frith Street Soho, home to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Monday night was business as usual, as it ...


Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

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Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...


Mike LeDonne: Keep the Faith

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Connecticut-born / New York-based Mike LeDonne, who divides his time these days between piano and organ, has begun to record more frequently on the Hammond B3, especially with his suitably named Groover Quartet which, according to Owen Cordle's liner notes to Keep the Faith, has been together now for more than a decade. And that's a ...


Decoy and Joe McPhee: Oto

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Decoy and Joe McPhee




The existence of a free-improvising organ trio, though uncommon even in 2010, shouldn't be all that surprising and, indeed, you might be prompted to ask what took so long. Certainly, figures like Larry Young and John Patton stretched the boundaries of organ-jazz in the ...

hatOLOGY Reissue Bonanza Continues

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Begun in 1975, Hat Hut Records was to become the model for adventurous, independent, new music labels such as Okka Disk, AUM Fidelity and Clean Feed. From the start, founder Werner X. Uehlinger sought out challenging and innovative musicians and music that might have been too risky for major labels to produce. This very small Swiss ...