I see it. I thought I could make out the Leslie in the shadows as well. AL Shakes can hold a tune, but here is my hero - may he RIP - putting the B3 through its paces (and backed up by the fabulous Lalo Schiffrin and his orchestra):
And here he is again - with his guitar sideman Kenny Burrell and drummer Grady Tate - in what I consider the finest single illustration of improvisational jazz organ in the history of music:
Sebe: I must tell you, that I have a rock n roll virus. I apprciate the keyboard playing you have exposed me too. But....Rock n Roll floats my boat.
Thanks, JimmyMack for a very fine blog that brings back my memories of the Hammond organ brought to you by the late great Billy Preston taking you to Outa Space in 1972 :D
Here’s Billy Preston’s rendition of “Summertime” on the B3.
and here’s my main man Prince who can play 26 instruments and record Album/CD/Music without a band doing “Peach” check out the guitar riffs in this piece ; Amazing! :D
Here’s the lyric’s to "Peach":
".....AL Shakes can hold a tune...."
They can CARRY a tune as well. (DUH..._)
Funky: Billy Preston can tickle 'em, that's for sure.
Jimmy: I too like R&R - but mostly the kind which incorporates R&B, Acid Jazz (which Jimmy Smith is credited with "inventing"), and classical/progressive jazz. I did like the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Turtles, Zombies, etc., way back when, but now groups like Steely Dan, Swing Out Sister, and Johnny Hates Jazz - along with artists like Basia - turn my crank.
The story about how Jimmy Smith became "The Legend" is pretty neat:
Back in the 50s/early 60s, Smith was a piano man, but after bouncing around with usual "nowhere gigs," he happened to catch a group where the keyboard man was playing a B-3. (Back then, electic organs like the B-3 were known primarily for church playing - especially at funerals). Smith confided in one of his buddies that he was thinking about taking up the B-3. The friend told him essentially "you're crazy." Apparently Smith took this as a challenge. The story goes that he bought a B-3 with his meager savings; rented an old warehouse building; and spent a year in seclusion, practicing 10-12 hours every day. What emerged from that cocoon was an artist soon labeled "The Monster of the Hammond," whose style and energy have been often imitated but (IMHO) never duplicated.
A great story. We all should have such dedication and focus (and get such outstanding results!).
Well Sebe, thanks for waking me up to Smith. He is fantastic. What a talent! Same for Billy Preston Funk. I remember Billy playing with the Rolling Stones live and in studio work. He was so outstanding in one particualr gig the Stones had that his playing was 'out-shining' the Stones. Where upon Keith Richards, during a break had to take Billy aside and 'show him the blade' so to speak by telling Billy that this was not Billy Preston and the Rolling Stones and to 'turn that thing down.' Billy got the message and started to just 'blend' in with the Stones and everything was cool after that. I remember Billy on Soul Train with Don Cornelius...I gotta song ain't got no melody....He was fantastic.
I also love Little Richard and them fingers of his hitting those keys. Dam good music fellas. Dam good.