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The Hammond Organ. Ask anyone who has played one on the club scene and they'll tell you horror stories about jacking the B3 up fire escapes or removing doorframes; not to mention the instrument's sheer weight, alone. No question, the Hammond is a super heavy organ. Then there's what's under the hood. There are two layers of keys, four sets of drawbars, and eighteen changeable presets, creating a sound that arguably smokes any modern instrument. You need a virtuoso sitting behind the Hammond or, somehow, it doesn't erupt in those fat, bubbly tones, or in those long glissandos that rip the paint off the wall. "I just love the instrument," Robert Walter enthuses

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Where Fusion and Tradition Meet

Read "Where Fusion and Tradition Meet" reviewed by Doug Collette


In the realm of contemporary jazz, drummer Denny Seiwell is a relatively new returnee after an extended stint as member of Paul McCartney's Wings, while keyboardist Robert Walter is long-time occupant of a self-created niche where he acts as bandleader when not in his charter member role in the Greyboy Allstars or collaborating with the likes ...

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Article: Album Review

Plunge: In For The Out

Read "In For The Out" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Trombonist Mark McGrain is one of those guys who follows his own muse. Though he's not particularly prolific, each of his albums as a leader feature some truly profound music-making. In for the Out is no exception. On his fourth album as a leader, McGrain has re-invented himself, playing with an expanded New Orleans-based group and ...

Article: Album Review

Plunge: IN For The OUT

Read "IN For The OUT" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A capo del gruppo Plunge, il trombonista Mark McGrain è uno dei protagonisti del jazz a New Orleans nel decennio post Katrina. Dopo il debutto nel 1995 (Falling with Grace, Accurate Records) in un organico comprendete Bob Moses alla batteria, Avishai Cohen al contrabbasso e Marcus Rojas alla tuba, il trombonista ha ricostituito il ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Improvising Art: From Jam Bands to Jazz

Read "Improvising Art: From Jam Bands to Jazz" reviewed by Jacob Hobson


The author Kurt Vonnegut once said, “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow." The art of improvisation does just that: it makes the soul grow. The soul of the improvising performer is constantly stretched and twisted in search of that unnamed spiritual experience in which lasting ...

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Article: Album Review

The Greyboy Allstars: Inland Emperor

Read "Inland Emperor" reviewed by Doug Collette


Something of a modern urban funk legend, due in large measure to the high-profile solo endeavors of keyboardist Robert Walter and horn man Karl Denson, The Greyboy Allstars nevertheless know intuitively when to reconvene to the greatest effect. Inland Emperor is their first collaboration in the six years and it bears all the earmarks of their ...

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Article: Album Review

Nick Moran Trio: No Time Like Now

Read "No Time Like Now" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Organ trios can be annoyingly conservative. Perhaps the temptation to revisit the heyday of the style--the early 1960s--and recapture the magic that made all of those Blue Note and Prestige LPs so much fun is just too great. Maybe it's because the Hammond B-3 sound evokes so much nostalgia. Don't count Nick Moran among the sentimentalists. ...

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News: Performance / Tour

WRD (Walter, Roberts, Deitch): August Tour Dates

WRD (Walter, Roberts, Deitch): August Tour Dates

ROBERT WALTER, EDDIE ROBERTS AND ADAM DEITCH POWER TRIO TO HIT THE ROAD Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts and Adam Deitch will be introducing their new power funk trio WRD at a series high profile shows in the month of August. Described by Eddie Roberts as “60's SoulJazz, Rare Funk Grooves & Driving Latin Beats, with a ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Part 2): Stanton Moore and Organissimo

Read "The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Part 2): Stanton Moore and Organissimo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The State of Organ Jazz 2010, Part I: Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski dealt with some very fine organ-based jazz, that, for the most part, colored within the lines. This second installment focuses on the organ, guitar and drums trio and is devoted to two artists who definitely got their nuclear funk on: drummer ...

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Article: Album Review

Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy

Read "Groove Alchemy" reviewed by Doug Collette


Groove Alchemy is not only the perfect title for Stanton Moore's album, it effectively sums up the unique means by which he makes music. The rhythm he conjures up morphs into melody then back again in such as remarkable natural fashion, it almost (but not quite) defies description. It's voodoo of some kind the ...


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