Jimmy Smith

One of the greatest hammond players in the history of music!

If you have been following this blog for quite a while, you might now know that I am a big fan of funk music. I simply love the way that it makes you feel like shaking your booty.

This time, I want to share with you some music from Jimmy Smith. He was a jazz organ player considered to be an expert on the Hammond organ; he basically founded new ways of playing it that later influenced every organ player from the 1960’s and popularized the use of Hammond in Jazz music.

Jimmy’s style ranges from hard bop, to jazz, funk, fusion, soul, R&B and of course, blues.

My favorite album is definitely Root Down which is a live recording from 1972, this live album has everything you need! Funk, blues and jazz. Have a listen and hear it for yourself:

Wanting some more hammond? Check this one out, it only 2:53 minutes you can see how good Jimmy Smith was!

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar

John Medeski

I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned John Medeski before now… perhaps, in my defense there are just heaps of great pianists out there. Medeski, however, is one that I really like… he is jazz, he is funky, he is avant-garde, he is classical, he is crazy and atmospheric, he really plays it all.

For the ones that don’t know him, John Medeski is an American jazz keyboard player and composer. A veteran of New Yorks 1990s avant-garde jazz scene and he is very well known for being part of “Medeski Martin & Wood Trio”.

He plays the acoustic piano and an eclectic array of keyboards, including the Hammond B3 organ, melodica, mellotron, clavinet, ARP String Ensemble, Wurlitzer electric piano, Moog Voyager Synthesizer, Wurlitzer 7300 Combo Organ, and Yamaha CS-1 Synthesizer (a kids’ toy), among others. When playing acoustic piano, Medeski plays the Steinway piano exclusively and is listed as a Steinway Artist.

If you like the hammond sound mixed with funky riffs and crazy jazzy chords, you’ll really wanna watch this video from a solo during a Medeski, Martin & Wood show:

And please please check this super funky hammond riff… you won’t be able to stop groovin’ to it!

Let us know what you think and who your favorite keyboard or piano players are!

Luis Tovar

Posted by Luis Tovar