Friday, 18 April 2014

Jazz Soul: Richard 'Groove' Holmes' The Best Of (1972)

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Richard “Groove” Holmes

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

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

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!

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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 (comment on the old post)


More On Mr. 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

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''Living Soul''

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Original post:04/09/08

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