Thursday, April 16, 2009

AccuJazz News: Roll-Out Continues With "Organ Jazz"

What's that? It's already new channel time again? Wasn't it just yesterday that we introduced the exciting new channel, "Composers: Bird and Diz"? No, it was already a week ago? Wow, time sure flies when you're listening to great jazz.

This week's new channel is "Organ Jazz," and it's all about the awesome, underrated Hammond B3 organ and the masterful men and women who made so much good music on it. The channel is playing about 400 tunes by artists from Jimmy Smith to John Medeski. Like all AccuJazz channels, it's available all the time and is totally free to use.

Sure, you've probably heard Smith's "Back at the Chicken Shack" and Larry Young's "Unity," but have you heard Big John Patton and Bobby Hutcherson team up on Patton's "Let 'Em Roll," or the soulful Shirley Scott with then-husband Stanley Turrentine on "Blue Flames"? What about the excellent new CD by Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Rise Up!"? You'll hear these recordings and lots more on the channel.

Jazz organ has a special place in my heart right now because my most recent project in my professional musician role (I'm a drummer) is a new organ trio I started with two of my friends. I was never too into organists before this year (except for the aforementioned Larry Young record), but have really grown to appreciate the amazing artistry of the great organists. There's just nothing like the funky, soothing sounds of a B3. You can listen to my organ trio on our humble MySpace page here. As a discriminating programmer, I've decided not to play our demo CD on the organ channel.

Well, go on now, and listen to the channel at Then let us know what you think. Too much of one artist? Glaring ommissions of others? Not enough variety? Absolutely perfect? Give feedback right here in the comments section or on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or the ShoutBox on the AccuJazz home page.

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