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Leon Spencer

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Leon Spencer was an American jazz organist from Houston, Texas. He played piano with David Newman and organ with Melvin Sparks. Spencer recorded for Prestige in the early 1970s with Buddy Caldwell, Idris Muhammad, Melvin Sparks, and Grover Washington Jr.

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Article: Album Review

Prime Vintage: Introducing Prime Vintage

Read "Introducing Prime Vintage" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Prime Vintage is an Indiana-based organ trio led by Steve Snyder and including guitarist Joel Tucker and drummer Kenny Phelps. Introducing Prime Vintage is the group's first recording, and a fine one it is. Seven of the album's eight engaging numbers are original compositions by Snyder; the other is Leo Nocentelli's funky “Message ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases

Read "Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Impressive new albums by Rachel Eckroth and Melanie Charles, the cross-cultural experiments of Aakash Mittal and Ches Smith, groovy soulful releases and re-releases by Leon Spencer, David Axelrod and Will Bernard and much more in this week's playlist.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 David Axelrod ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


It's that time, times two. A show with a number 5 at the end. So here's a slug of recent listener favorites from Gifts and Messages shows 391 to 400. As always, we had too much music to deal with and that's a good thing. So, my selections from your favorites try to achieve some variety ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Telmo Fernandez / Phil Wilkinson / Caspar St Charles: The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2

Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The Telmo Fernández Organ Trio has already been on the soul jazz beat--as the title of The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2 makes clear. The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1 (Free Code Jazz Records, 2015) was delightful, Vol. 2 carries on in the same vein, this time giving each individual musician a name credit.For ...

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News: Obituary

Leon Spencer Jr. (1945-2012)

Leon Spencer Jr. (1945-2012)

Leon Spencer Jr., one of the most melodically funky organists during Prestige's Hammond B-3 era in the early 1970s and whose voicings and guitar-like touch on the instrument provided a powdery groove behind lead horn players, died on March 11. He was 66 and lived in Houston. Spencer's recording career began in 1968 but didn't become ...

Album

Bad Walking Woman

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 1972
Track listing: Hip Shaker; Down On Dowling Street; In Search of Love; If You Were Me and I Were You; Bad Walking Woman; When My Love Has Gone; When Dreams Start to Fade.


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