Thursday, 14 May 2015

Rare Jazz Organ B3: Billy Hawks - Heavy Soul! (Prestige Rec.1968)

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Billy Hawks


''Heavy Soul!''
( LP Prestige Records, 1968 )
Catalog # 7556

Billy Hawks was a Philly-based Jazz/soul/blues Hammond B3 Player who played the Atlantic City circuit as well as around the world. Billy Hawks sings and plays organ, with a groove that’s in between jazz, blues and deep soul. He’s fronting a trio that includes a young Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones on guitar and the group plays a few instrumentals with some excellent organ/guitar interchange. It is a bit bluesy, but there’s also still a relatively strong soul jazz component as well, one that comes through in the overall structure of the tunes and in the lean style in which they were recorded.

Tracklisting:
A1 O'Baby (I Believe I'm Losing You)
A2 Drown In My Own Tears
A3 Whip It On Me
A4 What Can I Do ? (To Prove My Love To You)
A5 Heavy Soul
B1 You've Been A Bad Girl
B2 I'll Be Back
B3 I Can Make It
B4 That's Your Bag

Personnel & Credits:
Billy Hawks Quartet:
Buddy Terry (ts -7,8)
Maynard Parker (g)
Henry Terrell (d)
Billy Hawks (vo, org)

Notes:
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 6, 1967
Format:Vinyl, LP
Country:US
Released:1968
**Also re-issued on Beat Goes Public Bgp Records (1998)

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''O'Baby (I Believe I'm Losing You)''

Reviews & Comments:
Billy Hawks second album for Prestige, and as far as I know his final recording. Difficult to categorise, it falls between Blues and Soul Jazz. From the opening bars of the first track "O' Baby'', you know you are in for a classic Jazz Dancer and on to the bluesy "Drown in my own tears", it`s a gritty, get down performance.

A great piece of work, a concoction of the smokey back room Bearle Steet rhythm and the feeling of being down and out New Orleans. The flood of emotion that this collection of heavy soul brings is akin to being the only person standing on the beach in an isolated cove watching dark thunderous storm clouds roll in. It is somewhat sensuous yet full of anger and angst. A truly superb piece of music making!
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''Whip It On Me''

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