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Gene Ludwig

Some say he stole the show that night... the fella from Pittsburgh who showed up late that afternoon, missing the sound check and sort of looking like anyone's junior high math teacher as he strolled around backstage at the 1994 Newark Jazz Organ Jam waiting for his turn to play. As I introduced myself to him, I remember his hands being huge, reminding me of what a bricklayer's hands might be like: long, thick fingers and wide palms. I had looked forward to meeting Gene Ludwig in person. I was trying so hard to be impartial as I listened to each organist who played that night but deep down I, too, felt that Gene grooved harder than the others..

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Pat Martino: Young Guns

Pat Martino: Young Guns

Guitarist Pat Martino cooks in clubs. He's probably best known for his version of Sunny, recorded at New York's Folk City on his Live! album in 1972. Back in 2014, High Tone Records came into possession of previously unreleased live recordings made between 1968 and '69 at Club 118 in Louisville, Ky. Entitled Young Guns, the ...

Young Guns

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Who Can I Turn To?; Mr. PC; Sam Sack; Watch What Happens; Close Your Eyes; Road Song; Colossus.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gene Ludwig / Pat Martino Trio: Young Guns

Read "Young Guns" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The name Young Guns seems ironically amiss until one learns that this recording dates from 1968-69 when organist Gene Ludwig was thirty years old, guitarist Pat Martino twenty-three and drummer Randy Gelispie somewhere in that neighborhood, long before he became fondly known as “Uncle G." The organ trio was in its heyday then, and this one ...

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Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper

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." ...

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Duff's Blues

Featuring the music of Gene Ludwig
Duration: 9:18

2009 in NY - Gene Ludwig: Hammond organ, Dave Stryker: guitar, Vince Ector: drums.

Love Notes Of Cole Porter

Label: Big O Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: What Is This Thing Called Love; Everything I Love; I Love You; Begin The Beguine; You'd Be So Nice To COme Home To; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Rosalie; Why Can't You Behave?; Night And Day; Dream Dancing.

Gene Ludwig: Love Notes Of Cole Porter

Label: Big O Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: What Is This Thing Called Love; Everything I Love; I Love You; Begin the Beguine; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Rosalie; Why Can't You Behave?; Night and Day; Dream Dancing

NEWS: RECORDING

Gene Ludwig: "Love Notes Of Cole Porter"

As one of the early adopters of the Hammond organ in jazz after Jimmy Smith revolutionized the instrument in the late 1950s, Gene Ludwig enjoyed the massive popularity of organ-based soul jazz during the 1960s. In those days, “organ rooms" popped up all along the East coast and Midwest, especially in the inner working-class cities like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gene Ludwig: Love Notes of Cole Porter

Read "Love Notes of Cole Porter" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Hammond B3 organ combo has always seemed like a working man's jazz group. Drums/guitar/organ groups, often with a saxophone, was a brand of music brought to popularity in the mid-fifties by Jimmy Smith, with interest in the B3 soul jazz sound exploding in the sixties with the work of Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff, and ...


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