Thursday, 3 September 2009

Richard “Groove” Holmes ”The Best Of”

Richard “Groove” Holmes

The Best Of
( LP Prestige Records, 1972 )
Catalog # PR 7700
( Compilation )

A1 Misty
A2 Living Soul
A3 Soul Power!
B1 What Now My Love
B2 Groove’s Blue Groove
B3 Boo-D-Doo
B4 Super Soul
Bonus: Living Soul (Live)

Credits & Info:
PR 7700 The Best Of Richard “Groove” Holmes
Richard “Groove” Holmes (org) Gene Edwards (g) Jimmie Smith (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 3, 1965
George Randall (d) replaces Smith
“Count Basie’s”, NYC, April 22, 1966
Living Soul
same personnel
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 7, 1966
What Now, My Love?
add Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones (g) Richie “Pablo” Landrum (cga)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 28, 1966
Richard “Groove” Holmes (org) Richard Evans (arr) The Super Soul Big Band
Chicago, IL, April 26 & 27, 1967
Super Soul
Teddy Edwards (ts) Richard “Groove” Holmes (org) Pat Martino (g) Paul Chambers (b) Billy Higgins (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 29, 1967
Groove’s Blues Groove
Richard “Groove” Holmes (org) Wally Richardson, Steve Wolfe (g) Jimmy Lewis (el-b) Ben Dixon (d) Dave Blume (cga)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 19, 1967
Soul Power!

The track n°A3, Soul Power!, we’re missing.
Thanks-Gracias to Louis for the missed track (Argentina)!

We are the Fans!
And here we have it! The blues ‘Living Soul’! One of the best organ jazz blues recordings, at least in my opinion. There are a lot that could be written about this song: ‘Groove’ Holmes blinding swing, his incredible groovy left hand walking bass, his drive and creativity chorus after chorus. But instead, let me just point to one small detail: Listen carefully at around 27 seconds into the song.
At this moment Holmes is switching the organ motor off and then back on again in a split second, and the effect is that the sound of the organ is pitch-bending as the restarted motor frantically adjusts trying to deliver a stable speed again (correlated to the frequency of 60 Hz current from the wall socket). And Holmes is using this Hammond-trick in the ongoing swinging context of the song! He is actually using this effect as an integrated part of the start of his solo phrasing. Neat and pretty, to say the least…
By Jazz Organ Fan

By Pier

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