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Can anybody recomend some players or bands that has some nice organ comping and solos on simple slow blues (not jazz blues. My new band mates are always telling me that I sound like a jazzer trying to play rock. I already got tons of advice on my last post regarding who to listen for rock piano, now I need to know to listen for blues/rock organ.

 

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BB King records with Duke Jethro on organ.

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Bruce Katz is very good. Some albums are straight blues like Mississippi Moan.

 

You can check out a range of MP3s at his site. Your band mates probably want you to play somehing like this on slow blues?

 

http://www.brucekatzband.com/mp3s/mississippimoan.mp3

 

http://www.brucekatzband.com/mp3s/A_Deeper_Blue/02%20Greasy%20Sticks.mp3

 

http://www.brucekatzband.com/mp3s/three_feet.mp3

 

I liked him with Ronnie Earl and I liked him solo. He does some nice Gospel/Jazz/Blues mash ups too. Mississipi Moan is pretty much blues.

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Gregg Alman is exactly what I was going to say. Shemekiah's guy is hard to go wrong with, too.

 

If your bandmates want you to sound more rock-influenced, it might not be a bad idea to listen to Gregg Rolie. Both in the early Santana stuff, and the VERY early Journey (before Steve Perry joined the band). Great rock organ, with strong blues influences. "Look Into The Future" would be a good album to buy and listen to.

 

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Do we consider Stevie Ray Vaughn "jazz" blues? He always seemed like a good place to get solid blues organ comping. Lotsa 9th chords tho. Maybe that's too jazzy?

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The tune "Glamour Girl" by Ron Kraemer & The Hurricanes - Live at the Pine Tavern. A "Stormy Monday" type structure with John Peters (?) on organ
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Benmont Tench definitely. (DAMN THE TORPEDOS is a great album to start with))

 

Steve Winwood (About Time), and his work with Traffic (John Barleycorn Must Die)

 

Greg Rolie (Santana, Abraxas)

 

Billy Preston (Eric Clapton's ONE MORE CAR, ONE MORE RIDER, everything you need to know Hammond is on there!)

 

Neal Doughty (Reo Speedwagon, VERY underated rock Hammond player

find some 70s/early 80s stuff)

 

Jon Lord (Deep Purple's Machine Head, Burn)

 

Richard Wright (Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon)

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Art Neville (The Meters and The Neville Brothers)

Ivan Neville (his nephew)

Chris Stainton (Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker)

Ian McClagan (Small Faces and The Stones)

Lucky Peterson.

Billy Preston.

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Jon Lord's "Live at the Basement" with the Hootchie-Cootchie men is a great example as well.

 

Listen to the newest SRV after Reese Wynans joined the band. Also, Reese lends his expertise to Los Lonely Boys as well.

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Now everybody's got the blues."

 

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Montuno,

Ditto on Greg Allman. Check him out on the live version of Stormy Monday, and the studio version of Jelly, Jelly. The comping is just as important as the solos, if not more important. Less is more.

Regards,

Joe

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The night before I saw Reese with SRV, I jammed with him. A true gentleman and a great player. I learned a lot about playing blues organ just by sharing the stage with him.

 

"In the beginning, Adam had the blues, 'cause he was lonesome.

So God helped him and created woman.

 

Now everybody's got the blues."

 

Willie Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

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Reese Wynans (Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, etc.). :thu:

 

Jon Cleary (too many artists to mention, clonk here)

 

 

I thought that sounded like reese with Delbert. :thu:

"In the beginning, Adam had the blues, 'cause he was lonesome.

So God helped him and created woman.

 

Now everybody's got the blues."

 

Willie Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

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BB King records with Duke Jethro on organ.

 

Never heard Duke play B3 but i used to play his B3. It lived for awhile on the stage at Jack's, a blues club on Fillmore in San Francisco. I think BB was a part owner.

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Like the Reese Wynans and Jon Lord suggestions.

 

Check out the keyboards in the following:

 

Keb Mo -- Soon As I Get Paid; I'm On Your Side

Anthony Gomes -- Darkest Before the Dawn; Lonely At The Bottom

Allman Brothers -- Statesboro Blues; Southbound (not really that slow, but basic stuff...and it's still cool and great)

Eric Clapton (with Billy Preston on piano) -- 32-20 Blues (this is more rockin' than the others); Come In My Kitchen

SRV -- Crossfire; House Is A' Rockin' (pretty fast, but basic)

Little Feat -- Dixie Chicken

Deep Purple -- Lazy

Jonny Lang -- Second Guessing (GREAT song!; very simple piano with organ); Lie To Me

The Doors -- Roadhouse Blues; LA Woman

Los Lonely Boys -- Crazy Dream; Heaven

Doug Lamb -- Time To Get Serious (funky bluesy clav)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd -- Somehow Somewhere Someway

Blues Traveler -- Runaround (G, C, Am, D progression the whole way through, so EASY to jam to)

Derek and the Dominoes -- Key To The Highway

Chuck Berry -- Johnny B. Goode

Walter Trout -- The Best You Got (AWESOME SONG!); I'm Tired

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