Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Richard "Groove" Holmes - 1966 - Living Soul

Richard "Groove" Holmes 
1966
Living Soul




01. Living Soul 8:30
02. Blue For Yna Yna 5:12
03. The Girl From Ipanema 5:00
04. Gemini 9:40
05. Over The Rainbow 7:00

Drums – George Randall
Guitar – Gene Edwards
Organ – Richard "Groove" Holmes




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.

Recorded live at Count Basie's in Harlem on April 12, 1966, this is a decent trio set with Gene Edwards on guitar and George Randall on drums. The five tracks tend toward the long side, weighing in at a minimum of five minutes and, on the cover of Jimmy Heath's "Gemini," stretching out all the way to ten minutes. The relative lack of original material (only "Living Soul" is a Holmes composition) and the selection of several kinda corny standards to cover ("The Girl from Ipanema" and "Over the Rainbow") holds this back from the upper echelon of Holmes' recordings. Edwards is an underrated, sometimes fiery guitarist with a knack for choppy lines, as heard on "Blues for Yna Yna" (whose melody somewhat recalls "Summertime") and "Gemini." Living Soul and a studio session from 1966,

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  1. http://www.filefactory.com/file/68b5paegi3d7/4398.rar

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  2. Any chance for any of these specific Hammond lps?

    I'm looking for where Hammond lps started moving away from lame jazzbo & covers to more psychy/spaceyjazz.

    I'm told these are to be investigated:

    HLMES/MCGRIFF - SUPACOOKIN'
    MCGRIFF-GIANTS OF ORGAN COME TOGETHER (NOT VOL 2)
    JOHN PATTON - LET EM ROLL, GOTTA GOOD THING GOING
    MELVIN SPARKS - IT IS WHAT IT IS
    LARRY YOUNG -MOTHERSHIP
    CHARLES EARLAND - SOUL STORY, LEAVING THE PLANET
    IDRISS MUHAMMED - HOUSE
    GEORGE DUKE - FACES IN REFLECTION
    MCDUFF- SCREAMIN', WHO KNOWS WHAT
    JAMES BROWN - SHO IS FUNKY DOWN HERE
    LOU BENNETT -LIVE CLUB GERMAIN, JAZZ SESSION,MEETING MR THOMAS
    JIMMY SMITH - THE CAT
    SUNRA - LIGHT OF PURPLE MOON
    GRANT GREEN - LIVE LIGHTHOUSE

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