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Richard “Groove” Holmes, Les Mccann – Players (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Richard “Groove” Holmes, Les Mccann – Players (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:57 minutes | 814 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © nagel heyer records

Richard Arnold “Groove” Holmes was an American jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of “Misty”.

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Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes – Soul Message (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1965/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes – Soul Message (1965/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:37 minutes | 371 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: August 3, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Many Eastern and Midwestern musicians helped sustain the West Coast jazz scene in the ’50s and ’60s, but the only one among them who made an impact in Southern California on Hammond organ was New Jersey native Richard “Groove” Holmes. This was Holmes’s first recording for Prestige, and it both confirmed his status as one of the B-3’s leading practitioners and elevated his profile with the crossover success of “Misty.” Armed with a talented and totally sympathetic rhythm section, a program that emphasized jazz classics (including the first cover version of Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father”) plus two infectious originals, and a unique sound that created excitement without flamboyance and allowed the brilliant bass lines created by his skillful pedal work to shine through with clarity, Holmes turned Soul Message into the signature album of his celebrated career.

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