Legends Of Acid Jazz

Richard "Groove" Holmes

Legends Of Acid Jazz PRCD 24187 2
  • CAT # PRCD-24187-25

    1. Speak Low 3:16
    2. Blue Moon 3:01
    3. I'll Remember April 15:46
    4. The Walrus 8:20
    5. Just Friends 3:51
    6. My Scenery 4:05
    7. That Healin' Feelin' 9:16
    8. See See Rider 7:55
    9. Irene Court 4:42
    10. Castle Rock 9:44
    11. Laura 2:52
    12. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) 6:19

Richard "Groove" Holmes cooks like crazy on the 1968 dates collected here. The Groover! is a trio session distinguished by a riproaring "Speak Low," a lovely "Blue Moon," and a warm, humorous reading of "Just Friends" (with guitarist Billy Jackson contributing a deft R&B sensibility). That Healin' Feelin' is at least as flashy and perhaps more interesting: the guitarist is the under-recorded Philadelphian Billy Butler, an economical player with an original harmonic sense. The tunes span a leisurely "See See Rider," the vivid "Irene Court," and a relaxed "Laura," featuring luminous Butler guitar and a knockout alto solo by bluesy Columbus saxman Rusty Bryant. This solid mainstream collection never fails to swing. It highlights a singular musician, an organist who actually began on organ, in unusually sympathetic company.

with George Freeman, Earl Maddox, Billy Jackson, Rusty Bryant, Billy Butler, Herbie Lovelle

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