Hammond Heroes: 60s R&B Organ Grooves

Hammond Heroes: 60s R&B Organ Grooves


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There is actually as much jazz and rock & roll as R&B on this intriguing and generous (it comes in with a running time of just under 80 minutes) disc from Bear Family, which features instrumentals from almost two dozen Hammond B3 players popular in Britain in the 1960s. Among the highlights of Hammond Heroes: 60's R&B Heroes are Steve Winwood's "Stevie's Groove," recorded in 1966 when he was still a member of the Spencer Davis Group; the fiery "Zoom Widge and Way" from drummer Bobby Graham with Kenny Salmon on organ; a hard-charging and jazz-inflected version of the gospel classic "Wade in the Water" with Graham Bond at the keys and a rhythm section of Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums from 1965, and the Nice's rendition of Charles Lloyd's "Sombrero Sam," featuring Keith Emerson on organ, from 1968. Also worth noting is the massive, swelling "Back in the Grass" recorded by the group Motherhood in 1968, and featuring Klaus Doldinger on tenor sax and James "Ham" Jackson on organ. The liner notes for this set are top-notch, beginning with a brief history of Laurens Hammond, the man who invented the Hammond organ (he also invented those familiar red and green 3-D glasses, by the way), and once he added Don Leslie's rotating speaker system to the organ frame, a stone cold classic instrument came to life. What we need now is for Bear Family to do a companion volume of American Hammond players like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127167569
catalogNumber: 16756
Rank: 89156

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Georgie Fame   Organ
Manfred Mann   Organ
Zoot Money   Organ
Steve Winwood   Organ
Graham Bond   Organ
Andy Bown   Organ
Chick Churchill   Organ
Keith Emerson   Organ
Eddie Hardin   Organ
Nicky Hopkins   Organ
Jon Lord   Organ
Ian McLagan   Organ
Alan Price   Organ
Brian Auger   Organ
Tony Ashton   Organ
Dave Davani   Organ
Steve Miller   Organ
Roy Phillips   Organ
Kenny Salmon   Organ
Mick Weaver   Organ
James "Ham" Jackson   Organ

Technical Credits

Money   Composer
Ramsey Lewis   Composer
Dave Davani   Composer
Roy Phillips   Composer
Klaus Voormann   Composer
Bernd Matheja   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Traditional   Composer
Seeger, Petersen + Marsalis   Illustrations
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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