Blues Groove PRCD 24133 2
  • CAT # PRCD-24133-25

    1. Get Up And Get It 5:39
    2. Lee-Ann 5:05
    3. Body And Soul 2:21
    4. Broadway 6:50
    5. Groove's Blues Groove 8:00
    6. Pennies From Heaven 7:39
    7. Autumn Leaves 4:22
    8. There Is No Greater Love 3:39
    9. Denise 5:27
    10. Things Ain't What They Used To Be 12:42
    11. Up Jumped Spring 7:10

Best known for his 1966 hit single of "Misty," which brought soul-jazz to the pop charts, the aptly-nicknamed organist Richard "Groove" Holmes (1931-1991) was very much at home on the straight-ahead style. Get Up and Get It!, from 1967 which comprises half of this set, is as notable for the quality of the sidemen (guitarist Pat Martino, the late bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Billy Higgins, and Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards making a rare East Coast appearance) as it is for its first-rate performances, with "Body and Soul" especially choice. Soul Mist!, which rolls in for the rest of Blue Groove, finds Holmes on three numbers in the trio setting that's a bit more familiar to his fans, with the late trumpeter Blue Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Harold Vick, on "There Is No Greater Love" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," only adding to the pure Groove.

with Blue Mitchell, Teddy Edwards, Harold Vick, Pat Martino, Gene Edwards, Paul Chambers, Billy Higgins, George Randle, Freddie Waits

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