Awhile back, I posted a bulletin based on a collection of
Soul Instrumentals Of The 1960’s featuring prominent guitars,
saxes and organs but as I’ve always particularly enjoyed R&B
and jazz organ instrumentals,I thought it only right
to give them a grouping of their own.
So here’s a selection including those which feature enticing
hammonds which were often played alongside honkin’ tenor saxes.
Each track contains a YouTube link to the audio.
ALL DAY ALL NIGHT
(Ivy Jo Hunter/William Stevenson)
by Earl Van Dyke
Pro: William Stevenson & Ivy Jo Hunter
Hitsville’s keyboard wizard on a track
completed in ’65 but unissued until a
Motown collection in ’05.
by Bill Doggett
Remembered for his “Honky Tonk” hit in ’56,
Bill Doggett here gives a total organ workout
to a tune from 1940 when it was first recorded
by its composer, jazz pianist Avery Parrish.
COUNT’S ORGAN BLUES
by Count Basie & His Sextet
Pro: Noman Granz
(Clef: recorded in December 1952)
Featuring Count on Hammond w/Joe Newman (trumpet),
Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Freddie Green (guitar),
Gene Ramey (bass), Buddy Rich (drums).
THE GREASY SPOON
(Hank Marr/Gene Redd)
by Hank Marr
Hank recorded for Federal and King
beginning in 1960 and he later cut some sides
for Eddie Wingate’s label out of Detroit.
(Booker T. Jones/Steve Cropper
Al Jackson Jr./Lewie Steinberg)
by Booker T. & The MG’s
Pro: Jim Stewart
This was the defining moment in
Booker T.& The MG’s repertoire
and it still resonates today.
by Hank Jacobs
From Hank’s 1964 album named after
his chart single “So Far Away” written
with Kent Harris.
I’VE GOT A WOMAN Part 1
by Jimmy McGriff
Pro: Joe Lederman
A major pop & jazz hit in its day.
The first of a series of successful
Jimmy McGriff singles throughout the 60’s.
I’VE GOT IT BAD (And That Ain’t Good)
(Duke Ellington/Paul Francis Webster)
by Shirley Scott
Recording: Rudy Van Gelder
From Shirley’s album “Scottie Plays The Duke”.
by Jimmy Smith
Pro: Alfred Lion
(Blue Note: 1960)
Jimmy Smith w/Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax),
Kenny Burrell (guitar) & Donald Bailey (drums).
This is the complete 9:57 track which Blue Note
issued as a two-part single.
by Ernie Freeman
Arranger/conductor Ernie Freeman
had a major R&B & Pop success in ’57
with a version of “Raunchy” on which
he played piano. Here’s an example
of his organ prowess.
SHHHHHHHH (FOR A LITTLE WHILE)
(James Brown/Bud Hobgood)
by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Pro: James Brown
One of James Brown’s organ instrumentals.
(Johnny Bristol/Harvey Fuqua
Charles Hatcher/Bert Berns/Jerry Wexler)
by Truman Thomas
Pro: George Butler
Arr: Richard Tee
This tune gave Edwin Starr (alias Charles Hatcher)
his first Motown hit. Truman co-wrote Bonnie Pointer’s
1978 Motown Top 10 R&B song “Free Me From My Freedom
Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me)”.
WHAT’S GOING ON
(Marvin Gaye/Al Cleveland/Renaldo Benson)
by Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith
Pro: Bob Porter
Featuring saxman Grover Washington Jr.
YOU CAN’T SIT DOWN Part 1
(Dee Clark/Phil Upchurch/Cornell Muldrow)
by The Philip Upchurch Combo
Guitarist Phil Upchurch’s name was out front
but organist Cornell Muldrow was equally
responsible for the track’s enduring popularity.
As in all my postings, the recordings listed
and referenced above are in no way intended
as definitive collections.
Please send any comments or suggestions
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