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Jim,

Red plays every WED. at Django On The Parkway in Dallas.

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Oh, THAT guy!

Yeah, I've heard very good things about him. I'll have to check him out. Django's just opened up in the last year or so, and I'm not too much in club-going mode any more. I've been in too many of them when they turn the lights on, if you know what I mean. ;)

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Who's the GR Drummer from Dallas?

His last name is Fischer. Black dude. I can't for the life of me recall his first name right now... damn. I am terrible with names. He sat in and sounded great. I've played with his dad, Count Fischer. He's a fantastic organ drummer.

Soul Stream, there's a cat in Grand Rapids that you need to hear. When things calm down a bit I'm going to try and get him to come over and record some shit at my house. His name is Dan Richardson. He is a fantastic organist. At Randy's mom's funeral, he played with Randy and Joe on my B3 (backing up a singer) and was playing some incredible stuff. He blew my mind. The young Fischer played with him, too... that's why I'm thinking of him now.

Shit. What is Fischer's first name?

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Yeah, it's funny. You don't think there are THAT many really good organists out there until you start playing one. Then you trip over them every time you turn around. I'll never forget when I moved to Boston a few years back. I walked into a shitty local corner bar by my house just to get a beer. Inside were 2 B3 organists face to face with a drummer and guitarist. These two guys were playing "Pentup House" at an ungodly speed and one guy sounded like Jimmy Smith's illigetimate child on speed (plus he was in his 20's and looked like a movie star). And that was just around the corner from me!!!!

Yeah, you think it's a dying art until you look under the rug.

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Hi, I'm a brand new member. I joined so that I could send this message! The band with two Hammonds is Fats Hammond. The organist you're describing was probably Ken Clark. Was he playing the bass too? The other guy is Marty ???. The drummer is Benny Benson. The guitarist chair apparently rotates somewhat. I've heard both bebop-based and more wild guys play on the gig. It's an interesting mix. Ken goes for a varied pallet of sounds, rarely using the Jimmy Smith 888000000 - 3rd percussion. The other guy rarely strays from that general sound. It's a real struggle to have two Hammonds comping without stepping on each other.

-cliff

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That sounds pretty wild, cliff! Where do they play?

Oh, and welcome to the board.

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Hi, I'm a brand new member. I joined so that I could send this message! The band with two Hammonds is Fats Hammond. The organist you're describing was probably Ken Clark. Was he playing the bass too? The other guy is Marty ???.  The drummer is Benny Benson. The guitarist chair apparently rotates somewhat. I've heard both bebop-based and more wild guys play on the gig. It's an interesting mix. Ken goes for a varied pallet of sounds, rarely using the Jimmy Smith 888000000 - 3rd percussion. The other guy rarely strays from that general sound. It's a real struggle to have two Hammonds comping without stepping on each other.

-cliff

Yes Cliff, it's Ken Clark and Marty. Anyway, don't know if they still do that. Ken's absolutely one of the best guys I've seen and is totally unknown outside of Boston for the most part. He made a record on Severn a couple of years ago, but it's just a funk job that doesn't really show that he can burn. He can really play bebop and takes organ bass solos with his feet every once in a while just to make other organists in the audience cramp up. ;)

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The bar is Dodge Street Grill in Salem, MA. They play generally every Tuesday night. I've been studying with Ken for around 3 months now. He has two CDs with a third to be released in the next few months. I think the biggest complement I could pay Ken is that I am confident that i could pick his playing out of a crowd immediately. He has a really individual approach. Killer left hand for funk. I personally like his funk stuff as much as the up-tempo Charlie Parker.

-cliff

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The biggest complement I could pay Ken is that he's one of the best of the younger organists I've seen (and I've seen a lot). Hope all is well with him, it's been about 3 years.

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If you want to see Ken, there's some video of him on his site under "Multimedia"... www.KCOT.net for Ken Clark Organ Trio. It's not his jazz thing, it's his funk thing (and uh, don't know about that singing), but.... Plus, it lists his gigs.

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Geez, 10 pages of OrganTalk, and not yet a mention of Toronto's Doug Riley. If youse guys were really hip, you'd know about this all-round great musician. He was only 23 when he arranged AND played organ and piano Ray Charles' "Doing His Thing" (1968, on ABC). He was Ray's own choice!

There's a hot quartet release he did "Live at the Montreal Bistro" with Phil Dwyer that should still be available. The label was Seajam, now called Triplet. Try www.tripletrecords.com. He's done duet recordings with flugelhornist Guido Basso recently, and look under guitarist Jake Langley's name for a nice one called "Doug's Garage".

You will be rewarded for your efforts...

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Ted, thanks! I have not heard of Doug Riley. I will check him out!

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Hi, I'm a brand new member. I joined so that I could send this message! The band with two Hammonds is Fats Hammond. The organist you're describing was probably Ken Clark. Was he playing the bass too? The other guy is Marty ???. The drummer is Benny Benson. The guitarist chair apparently rotates somewhat. I've heard both bebop-based and more wild guys play on the gig. It's an interesting mix. Ken goes for a varied pallet of sounds, rarely using the Jimmy Smith 888000000 - 3rd percussion. The other guy rarely strays from that general sound. It's a real struggle to have two Hammonds comping without stepping on each other.

-cliff

Cliff,

Ran across an interview with Melvin Sparks that said Ken was playing in his band now. The interview was from April 2004...wondered if you knew anything about that.

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Where's the Lonnie Smith in that list?

You'll have to include "Move your Hand," Jim.

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i thought all organs spoil decent jazz and sound rinky dinky ;)

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I know this is an old thread, but I saw the Ken Clark Organ Trio mentioned...I'm a big fan of them for sure. Fats Hammond is real cool too. The guitarist for Fats Hammond is Mike Mele, great player, who is part of Ken's Trio as well (and actually I'm studying with Mike). Fats Hammond is still playing every tuesday in Salem and the Ken Clark Organ Trio has been actively gigging around Boston and working on a new album I believe.

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I know this is an old thread, but I saw the Ken Clark Organ Trio mentioned...I'm a big fan of them for sure. Fats Hammond is real cool too. The guitarist for Fats Hammond is Mike Mele, great player, who is part of Ken's Trio as well (and actually I'm studying with Mike). Fats Hammond is still playing every tuesday in Salem and the Ken Clark Organ Trio has been actively gigging around Boston and working on a new album I believe.

Hey Jazzgeetar, you're our newest member!!! Welcome aboard, stick around and join in the fun!!!

Mark

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10 Organs You Must Own:

Heart

Liver

Stomach

Lung

Kidney

Spleen

Brain

Skin

Testicle

Penis

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Well, if you don't have an ear, forget about the other organs <_<

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add this one to the list! ;)

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u-oh....mmh :blink::ph34r: ........i'm not worthy.....

but i like her very much, can i stay? :blush:

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10 Organs You Must Own:

Heart

Liver

Stomach

Lung

Kidney

Spleen

Brain

Skin

Testicle

Penis

Erm girls don't have all of them , is that why they get grumpy?

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How about maybe 20 LP's/CD's by Bill Doggett? :blush:

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