Thursday, 3 September 2009

Mr.Richard Arnold Jackson (Richard ”Groove” Holmes) ”Get Up & Get It!”

Mr.Richard Arnold Jackson
(Richard ”Groove” Holmes)

Get Up & Get It!
( LP Prestige Records, 1967 )
Catalog # PR 7514

01- Get Up And Get It
02- Lee-Ann
03- Body And Soul
04- Broadway
05- Groove’s Blues Groove
06- Pennies From Heaven

Personnel & Credits:
Richard “Groove” Holmes Quintet
Teddy Edwards (ts)
Richard “Groove” Holmes (org)
Pat Martino (g)
Paul Chambers (b)
Billy Higgins (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 29, 1967

Nicely grooving gutbucket tenor/organ material from a group that includes Groove Holmes, Teddy Edwards, and Pat Martino. Billy Higgins is on drums, and he gives the set a bit more swing than you’d expect — especially on the lighter, faster tunes. Titles include “Grooves’ Blue Groove”, “Lee-Ann”, and “Get Up & Get It”.
© 1996-2008, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

The organ trio format is so ensconced in the minds of soul-jazz fans that hearing this album, which puts Richard "Groove" Holmes' funky Hammond B3 in the context of a larger group, sounds odd and over-produced at first. Putting Holmes' bottom-heavy instrument against a guitar-bass-drums trio and then adding Teddy Edwards' tenor saxophone on top to take most of the melody lines sounds on paper like it should be a thick, muddy mess, but thankfully, Holmes' sidemen are up to the task at hand and steer clear of over-playing. The great Paul Chambers, one of the best bassists of the post-bop generation, mostly leaves the bottom to Holmes' left hand, leaving himself free to add intriguing little accents and filigrees to the rhythm, and guitarist Pat Martino wisely avoids the temptation to do much more than comp unobtrusively and take the occasional brief solo. Billy Higgins, of course, is one of the great drummers of his time and plays solidly throughout. The original "Groove's Blue Groove" is a particular highlight, but the entire album is worthy.
By Stewart Mason (AMG)

By Pier

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