The Organ Trio

Air Date: 7/4/2021

The Hammond B3 organ was invented and manufactured by Laurens Hammond and John M. Hanert in 1935. By producing its sound using electricity instead of air, it was sold as a low-cost alternative for churches needing to purchase an organ.

One of the early exponents of this new instrument was pioneering organ player Wild Bill Davis. In his view, the powerful sound of the B3 in trio format with guitar and drums could replace a big band, at much lower cost to the club owner. It was 1949. The organ trio was born.

Just a few years later, in 1956, Jimmy Smith burst onto the scene, becoming the most influential jazz organ player on the B3. Other jazz artists, and especially R&B and nascent rock n' roll influencers, began to take notice.

My journey with the B3 begins with the 1959 release by Mel Rhyne, Paul Parker, and the great Wes Montgomery, titled The Wes Mongomery Trio. This is the trio that I listened to day and night for many weeks while I absorbed not just the amazing guitar playing, but also the new-to-my-ears sound of the B3 paired with guitar. In jazz, all B3 trios can be compared to this one.

Some well-known B3 artists of today include Pat Bianchi, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. 

Sunday's show opens with a new entry in the list, Kendall Carter. On his new CD he has Dave Stryker fulfilling duties on guitar and Kenny Phelps on the drums. 

In addition to Kendall Carter, we also have a new release from Tony Monaco, Strollin', which I have been playing for the past few weeks. Mr. Monaco's release features Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica.

Take a look at the playlist below. You 'll notice a high proportion of new material. We just got in a big batch of new CDs and I will be going through them over the next few weeks. Fun!

Thanks for tuning in to The Sunday Jazz Brunch.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Kendall Carter-Introducing Kendall Carter 2021-05 Lawns
Libby York-Here With You 2008-11 Flamingo
Reggie Quinerly-New York Nowhere 2021-02 Dreaming in Place
Greg Germann-Tales of Time 2021-06 Perspectives
Alan Broadbent-Developing Story-06 Blue in Green 2017
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent (Quiet Is The Star, , Roomspin Records 2021) 02_When You're Gone From Me
John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta & Bill Cunliffe-Trio 2021-06 Good Morning Heartache
Rahsaan Barber-mosaic 2021-06 NaDJe And The Snow
Lee Smith-Faith in the New Day 2021-03 Child's Play
Slide Attack\Road Trip 2021\Early Morning
Bruce Brown\Death of Expertise 2021\Doreen

HOUR TWO: New For You

Eric Goletz-Into The Night 2021-09 Lullaby
Anaïs Reno-Lonesome Thing- Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn 2021-07 Daydream
Steven Feifke Big Band\Kinetic 2021\Until the Real Thing Comes Along
John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta & Bill Cunliffe-Trio 2021-02 Laura
Amit Friedman-Unconditional Love 2021-10 Junk
Fahir Atakoğlu-For Love 2020-08 Glow With The Flow - Duet
Paul Silbergleit\Hidden Standard 2021\Happiness
Greg Abate-Magic Dance 2021-02 Cook's Bay
Behn Gillece-Still Doing Our Thing 2021-07 Event Horizon
John DePaola\Take Two 2021\The One and Only

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Yulia Musayelyan\Oblivion 2021\06 La Muerte del Angel
Diego Figueiredo-Antarctica-12 Alma-2021
Chiara Civello-Last Quarter Moon-08 In Questi Giorni 2005
Carol Welsman-The Language of Love-13 Senza Fine 2003
Celso Fonseca-12 Na Pele De Um Flaneur (2005)
Catina Deluna-Lado B Brazilian Project-02 Garota de Ipanema 2015
Carmen Cuesta-Mi Bossa Nova-11 Meditaçao 2010
Alfredo Cardim Trio-08 Samba do Avião (1995)
Antonio Adolfo - Bruma - Celebrating Milton Nascimento - 04 - Cancao do Sal (Salt Song) 2020
Lee Smith-Faith in the New Day 2021-06 Recorda Me
Fahir Atakoğlu-For Love 2020-06 Coracao Vagabundo-Gypsy Heart
Serafin LaRiviere\Because You're Mine 2021\One Note Samba
Vinicius Cantuária-Sol Na Cara-10 O Grande Lançe É Fazaer Romançe-1996

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Kenny Pore-The Road Chosen 2021 (Single)
Fahir Atakoğlu\For Love 2020\Ying and Yang
Andrew Neu-Everything Happens for a Reason-02 Poolside 2013
Basia\The Sweetest Illusion 1994\Yearning
Euge Groove\Sing My Song 2020\Sing My Song Feat Maysa
Marion Meadows - Twice As Nice 2021 (Single)
Richard Elliot\Authentic Life 2021\Move Ahead
Brian Simpson-Something About You-01 Something About You 2018
Frank Colon-Latin Lounge-03 Summer Cocktail-2020
Michael Franks-01 Now That the Summer's Here (2011)
Joanna Tatham-The Rings of Saturn-02 Summer in New York 2018
Al Jarreau-04 Somebossa (Summer Breezin') (2014)


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