Thursday, 19 September 2013

MFS©™ Special - Mr.Richard Arnold Jackson: Richard "Groove" Holmes

Richard "Groove" Holmes
Real Name:
Richard Arnold Jackson

Thanks to Funkyman for the special (a monumental special of several hours) that will be posted on the website and will be aired on the radio in short ... I know that Claudio/Funkyman, like me, considered Holmes as one of the best organists of the jazz scene, and certainly this phenomenal powerful self-taught musician has left an indelible mark in the history of music. We both are avid fans and a lot of his esteem that we have toward him, that even a few years ago a nephew of Mr.Holmes wrote to us, when we had the blog on Wordpress, to make us remember the compliments and thank us for his grandfather. Needless to say, we stood so touched and honored to witness. What can we say ... pay tribute to the great Groove Holmes, a simple man with a great sense of humor, always in a good mood ... and ... with a slight presumption that say MFSRadio found only on these things ... so enjoy. Happy listening.

b. May 2, 1931 - Camden, New Jersey
d. June 29, 1991 - St. Louis, Missouri
American jazz organist.
Influenced by sax players, like a lot of organ players. He teamed up with Jimmy McGriff for some organ battles on the Groove Merchant label, and recorded for Muse from 1977 to 1989 with, among others, Houston Person and Melvin Sparks. He also recorded some "straight" jazz sessions with Ben Webster, Gene Ammons and Houston Person.
From Discogs

* After Hours (1961) (Pacific Jazz)
* Groovin' with Jug (1961) (Pacific Jazz)
* Somethin' Special (1962) (Pacific Jazz)
* Soul Message (1965) (Prestige)
* Misty (1965) (Prestige)
* Spicy (1966) (with Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones)
* A Bowl of Soul (1967) (Loma)
* Get Up and Get It! (1967) (Prestige)
* Blue Groove (1967)
* Soul Power (1967) (Prestige)
* That Healin' Feelin' (1968)
* The Groover! (1968)
* Welcome Home (1969)
* Workin' on a Groovy Thing (1969)
* Come Together (1970) (with Ernie Watts)
* Night Glider (1973) (Groove Merchant)
* New Groove (1974) (Groove Merchant)
* Onsaya Joy (1974) (Live) (Flying Dutchman)
* Six Million Dollar man (1975) (Flying Dutchman)
* I'm in the Mood for Love (19??) (Flying Dutchman)
* Shippin' Out (1977) (Muse)
* Good Vibrations (1977) (Muse)
* Broadway (1980)
* Swedish Lullaby (1984)
* Blues All Day Long (1988)
* Hot Tat (1989)
* Groove's Groove (1991)


Richard Arnold "Groove" Holmes (Camden, New Jersey, May 2, 1931 – St. Louis, Missouri, June 29, 1991) was an American jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of "Misty", and is considered a precursor of acid jazz.
Holmes' first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster, was recorded in March 1961.
His sound was immediately recognizable in the upper register, but even more so because of his virtuosity in creating, undoubtedly, the most rapid, punctuating, and pulsating basslines of all the jazz organists.[citation needed]
Though he died at the age of 60, he established a recognition within the community of jazz organ giants of Jimmy Smith (The Sermon!), Brother Jack McDuff (A Real Good 'Un), Jimmy McGriff (I've Got a Woman).
He recorded many albums for Pacific Jazz, Prestige Records, Groove Merchant and Muse Records, many of which featured Houston Person.
Holmes died after a long struggle with prostate cancer, having performed his last concerts in a wheelchair. One of his last gigs was at the 1991 Chicago Blues Festival with his longtime friend, singer Jimmy Witherspoon. A year after his death, the Beastie Boys honoured Holmes by adding an organ-based instrumental track, Groove Holmes to their album Check Your Head.
From Wikipedia

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

One of the top jazz organists to emerge on the scene after Jimmy Smith’s initial success, Richard “Groove” Holmes (1931-1991) recorded a series of soul jazz sets for Prestige that helped set the direction for that label in the late 1960s.
Holmes worked in small clubs in the Pittsburgh and New Jersey area until he was discovered by Les McCann in 1960. After recording several sets for Pacific Jazz, he was signed to Prestige in 1965 and immediately had a jukebox hit with a catchy double-time version of “Misty.”
Groove Holmes recorded regularly for Prestige during 1965-1968. Soul Message includes “Misty” along with other medium-tempo ballads, soulful originals, and tunes with boogaloo rhythms. Misty repeats the hit and features some other catchy arrangements of standards. Blue Groove reissues two former LPs (Get Up & Get It and Soul Mist) and features such notable sidemen as tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, and guitarist Pat Martino. Groove Holmes’s final Prestige albums, The Groover and That Healin’ Feelin’, are reissued in full on his Legends of Acid Jazz. Saxophonist Rusty Bryant is a strong asset on the latter set.
Like many other organists in the mid-1970s, Holmes experimented a bit with electric keyboards. But he soon realized that his musical personality was really to be found on the organ so he switched back, staying active as one of the top organists on the soul-jazz scene until his death in 1991.
From Concord Music Group


BiographyBy Alex Henderson & Steve Leggett (AMG)
Revered in soul-jazz circles, Richard "Groove" Holmes was an unapologetically swinging Jimmy Smith admirer who could effortlessly move from the grittiest of blues to the most sentimental of ballads. Holmes, a very accessible, straightforward and warm player who was especially popular in the black community, had been well respected on the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey circuit by the time he signed with Pacific Jazz in the early '60s and started receiving national attention by recording with such greats as Ben Webster and Gene Ammons. Holmes, best known for his hit 1965 version of "Misty," engaged in some inspired organ battles with Jimmy McGriff in the early '70s before turning to electric keyboards and fusion-ish material a few years later. The organ was Holmes' priority in the mid- to late '80s, when he recorded for Muse (he also had stints throughout his career with Prestige Records and Groove Merchant) . Holmes was still delivering high-quality soul-jazz for Muse (often featuring tenor titan Houston Person) when a heart attack claimed his life at the age of 60 in 1991 after a long struggle with prostrate cancer. He was a musician to the end, playing his last shows in a wheelchair.
Visit also: Scott the Organfreak Web Page
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