I'm glad you both enjoyed it.
Here's another one. Jimmy Smith profiled by a German documentary crew:
I've always loved Jimmy's recordings, but didn't have much of a sense of the man. I always meant to
catch him live in NYC but never made the trip. He played out a lot until his very late days.
Someone should do a documentary on that B3-based jazz. It's related to acid-jazz but it's different.
As far as I know, Count Basie was the first or one of the first to use a Hammond organ on jazz
recordings, back in the 78 era. Jimmy Smith was one of the first or the first to do the
Hammond-centric jazz ensemble. That kind of jazz is still very popular, and there's a crop of
younger players who are amazing too. Check out this Lou Donaldson concert from two years ago:
as good as Lou is, still, in his late 80's, the young Japanese organ player more than holds her own.
Anyway, the documentary could focus not only on the technology advances that came along
(specifically the invention of the Hammond tone-wheel organ, which was "portable" in the sense that
a couple of strong guys could carry one around on tour), and the acceptance of the organ as a jazz
instrument, then the natural fit with the funky direction jazz took in the 60's. I'd argue that the
jazz guys listened very carefully to Booker T and the MG's and other soul-funk music that was
organ-flavored, and integrated some of that into jazz. In fact, some of the jazz put out by Groove
Holmes, Dr. Lonnie Smith and others was just about funk music. And the "B3 Jazz" trend definitely
influenced the synth/electric keyboard flavorings of fusion jazz. It would also be worth
interviewing Herbie Hancock -- I'd like to know why he never played the funky organ much, even
though he wrote some of the classics of funk-jazz. Herbie went from acoustic piano to electric piano
and analog synths, to being on the forefront of digital synths. Lots to explore!
Happy Thanksgiving to all the U.S. Listmembers, and all those celebrating abroad.
-- Tom Fine
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> Interesting indeed!
> Thanks for sharing this with us which I have shared on my Facebook page, too.
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> I especially liked the performance around 50:30 by Junko Onishi, who I
> hadn't heard of before.
> I enjoyed the entire documentary. Subtitles for German and French
> interviewees would have been nice but the work was impressive despite
> that. Thanks, Tom!
> Malcolm Rockwell
> On 11/25/2015 2:43 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> early on, check out the footage of Herbie Hancock's band live. Freddie Hubbard WAILS. This was
>> made long enough ago to catch most of the Blue Note artists still in their primes.
>> -- Tom Fine