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Organ-Ized: An All-Star Tribute to the Hammond B3 Organ

Various Artists , John Medeski , Art Neville , Jimmy Smith , Jack McDuff , Joey DeFrancesco , Michael Omartian , Mike Finnigan , Ricky Peterson , Reuben Wilson Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B00003OP46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ashley Blue - Joey DeFrancesco
2. Swamp Road - John Medeski
3. Micky Fick - Art Neville
4. Say Something - Michael Omartian
5. My Little Humidor - Galactic
6. There Will Never Be Another You - Jimmy Smith
7. Just A Little Bit - Mike Finnegan
8. Drop Shot - Ricky Peterson
9. I've Got To Find My Baby - Tommy Eyre
10. Moodbird - Larry Goldings
11. Yes Sir - Reuben Wilson
12. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Mick Weaver
13. Misty - Jack McDuff

Editorial Reviews

Why have the once-ignored sounds of organ-centric jazz become all the rage in the past few years? With so much overtly commercial product in the marketplace, from teeny pop to smooth jazz to new country, perhaps audiences are pining for the funky, pure soul found in such killer keyboardists as Charles Earland, Charles Kynard, and Larry Young. Unfortunately, none of those players appear on Organ-ized. This 13-track collection does give a good overview of mostly contemporary organ honchos. Jimmy Smith, Reuben Wilson, and Jack McDuff offer old school standards, while comparatively recent newcomers Larry Goldings and Joey DeFranceso stoke the high-flying engine of postbop. The bulk of the collection centers on modern styles, at times to a glut. Tracks two through five (John Medeski, Art Neville, Michael Omartian, and Galactic) are practically all the same sixteenth-note rhythm and tempo, recalling the zydeco craze. But it does get better. Ricky Petersen offers popping fusion, Mike Finnegan a little fatback R&B, Tommy Eyre a much-needed raunchy blues shuffle. Although not the last word in organ gratification (women like Shirley Scott and Barbara Dennerlen are missing), Organ-ized is a good primer for those about to groove. --Ken Micallef

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for more January 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I chuckled when reading other reviews on this CD (Organ-ized). So much indignant sniffing and left-handed compliments. Want the nitty-gritty of this CD? Well, read on, please ..........
For those of you who love the sound and feel of the B3, you must have this CD. For players, the same. For those curious about what all the fuss is about, you won't go wrong in adding this to your collection. For B3 sophisticates and snobs .............. well there is no hope for you anyway, so you may as well buy it too just to give you something to denigrate (no offense folks :)
The lowdown on this CD = it rules! Every selection, regardless of the gernre', is a classic example of the best that can be extracted from this instrument.
For those who have not actually played this instrument, consider this: it is a massive structure made of wood and wire. It smells of oil. When you sit and play it, it rumbles. You get the feeling that it is alive (organic?). It takes you over. It can require the use of both hands, both feet, and your knee (for the leslie switch). It is unlike any other instrument on the planet.
There is plenty on this CD for anyone to love and hate, but it all has this underlying secret: B3 players in their prime are passionate. They can rock you like no other medium.
Critisms? Okay, there are no tracks by Keith Emerson, nor Barbara Denerlein or a number of other premier players. There is a goodly representation of cajun-style organ, perhaps to the detriment of others that could have been represented. But this by no means detracts from the range presented, from the sublime to the demented, from the beautiful to the possessed, it's all here, masters at their best.
Don't listen to these tracks once. Play them a few times before you add it to the rack. If you do, I'd be willing to bet that this will become a staple of your discography.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Organ-ized June 16, 2000
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If you appreciate the mainly modern funky energetic approach to the Hammond tonewheel organ this is a must have. Ricky Petersen and Joey de Francesco dispay exciting virtuoso dexterity, while Michael Omartian and Art Neville have some great melodic, funky and soulful tunes. A few tracks are more traditional and laid back, so the album covers many styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Organ-ized! May 7, 2000
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One of the best jazz cd's around today. If you like the Hammond organs, this will be the cd for you, I promise you. Make sure you add this to your list of things to get, becuase if you like the organ, guitar, and some soul and funk mixed into it, this is the cd for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-boggling December 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This collection of lovingly-selected Hammond organ feature tunes is a must-have for anyone who shares the addiction for the sounds of electro-mechanical music. It's not only brilliant, it's historic.

I'm not guaranteeing you'll like every cut on the CD; there are one or two that I find a bit tedious. You may not love every track... but even my less favorite tracks are still salient in that they contribute to the full-round picture of the capabilities of Hammond consoles and artists.

If you have a jazz fan or any keyboardist in your circle of friends, this would be a great gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Party CD!!!! January 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for a friend who just bought a new Hammond B-3. We put it on during our Xmas party and it rocked the house!! I know we played it 3 times through without a break. If you have a Hammond or just like the sound, this is THE CD for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammond B3 at it's Best October 10, 2005
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If you love the Hammond B3, you'll love this collection.

A great sampling of various styles, each with it's own

"twist". From Mike Finnegan To Art Neville you'll love

this CD
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