Sunday, 23 August 2009

Joe Andersen ”Blind Wolf Blues Band”

Joe Andersen

”Blind Wolf Blues Band”

On 29th july 09 Cadillac Joe Andersen passed away.
(more info here on Madison Jazz)
In respect of this event I send you a link of one of his 1st record.

Here is a text I got from a a guy in the USA:
American jazz organist Cadillac Joe Andersen died July 29,2009.
Here is his obituary from a Madison, WI/USA newspaper: Joseph F. ‘Joe’
Andersen, age 57, passed away at UW Hospital in Madison, WI on Wednesday,
July 29, 2009. He was born in Madison, WI on Aug. 9, 1951, a son of
William and Catherine (Adler) Andersen. On July 16, 1973, he was united in
marriage to Luz Valdez in Taos, N.M. They recently celebrated their 36th
wedding anniversary. Known as ‘Cadillac Joe,’ he was a well respected jazz
and blues organist in the Madison area. Joe loved his wife and family,
enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, and playing with everyone in the

From the IAJO site:
Joe tells his story
How he came to the organ:
In the mid 60’s I bought a Farfisa organ and taught myself to play best I could by listening and playing along with records. I learned songs like 96 Tears, House of the Rising Sun and other “garage band tunes” of the day. I bought every record I could that had some organ on it. One of those records was a Spencer Davis Group album …
There was a tune called “Blues In F” on this album that totally knocked me out. In fact I can listen to that cut today and still be amazed by the incredible Hammond/Leslie sound on that cut. At the time I had no idea who the organist was or how he got that sound, but I literally wore out that track listening to it. It didn’t take long however to figure out that I couldn’t make my Farfisa sound like that. A trip to the local “hippie” music store revealed the truth to me. In a separate little room was what I thought was a church organ. Of course it was a B3. I was not initially impressed. At the time it looked like something that should be in my grandma’s parlor. They assured me this was the best, so they started it for me and I sat down to play a little. I don’t know how to really describe what happened next but when the store closed, they politely asked me to leave. Frankly I was still a kid and not much of a player yet, but this instrument brought out things in me I didn’t know existed. I think that may be the true beauty of the Hammond organ, if you have anything at all inside you, it will coax it out of you if you let it. That was 1969 and I’m of course still playing the Hammond. I’ve also played pianos and synthesizers over the years but have never gone with out a Hammond. I think most Hammond players probably feel the same, but when I sit down in front of the instrument, it’s like I’m home, everything is right and day to day hassles are gone, at least for the time I get to play. Gigs are great, some amount of notoriety is nice, but simply playing the instrument is my greatest musical pleasure.
Joe Andersen

Here is a mini review of the organ aspects of this record:
Cadillac Joe Andersen plays very pentatonic-based blues organ and he also plays in the pocket at all time, and with a very clear sound. This means he is suitable to study when learning the right hand organ blues style.
Regarding the left hand walking bass/foot pedal board, he has choosen, at least on this record to let a bass player handle all bass lines.
Jazz Organ Fan

Joe Andersen’s My Space page

Courtesy of Lupo

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