Saturday, November 22, 2014

Groove Holmes - American Pie

Year : 1972
Label : Groove Merchant
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk

American Pie is representative of the main influences to the Acid Jazz movement whose the fatherhood could return to Holmes. An album in the same vein than the previous Comin' On Home from Blue Note, and his first recording for the Sonny Lester label, Groove Merchant. He plays within an keyboardists duet (Holmes being associated here with electric pianist Larry Willis who replaces Weldon Irvine), and a rhythm section consisting of the same couple Hubbard/Jemmott, however without the percussionist Ray Armando.  Titles include stoned-soul grooves, some funky attitude (suggested by some great organ solos flights), relaxing & mellow moods, speaking it in seven tracks among American Pie by Don McLean, the Sonny Rollins' standard, St. Thomas, his demonstrative Fingers & a variation of the Jimmy Van Heusen's Here's That Rainy Day. Produced by Sonny Lester.

Richard "Groove" Holmes_organ
Larry Willis_electric piano
Gerald Hubbard_guitar
Jerry Jemmott_bass
Kwasi Jay Ourba_drums, congas, bongos

01. American Pie
02. St. Thomas
03. Catherine
04. Fingers
05. It's Impossible
06. Rainy Day
07. Who Can I Turn To

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