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Big John Patton

Big John Patton was born July 12, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri. A self-taught musician, he started playing the piano in 1948 and landed his first big gig touring with R&B sensation Lloyd Price from 1954-1959. Upon his arrival in New York, around 1960, Patton began making the transition from piano to organ. Throughout the 1960's he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a leader and sideman, most notably with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson. His music evolved to incorporate elements of modal and free jazz, without ever losing the basic, earthy groove that he brought to it from the beginning. He wrote some organ jazz classics such as "Funky Mama" and "The Yodel." His music will be remembered fondly by musicians and fans

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May

For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Salutes to Blue Note recordings by organists John Patton (with James Blood Ulmer on guitar) and Lonnie Smith (live in Atlantic City), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (with Harold Land), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland), The Three Sounds, pianist Andrew Hill (from a session never formally released on Blue Note), as well as Wayne Shorter (with a ...

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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: ALBUM 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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: ALBUM 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 ...

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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 ...

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, ...


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