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!
I don’t know about you but I love funky music in all its varieties, call it soul, disco or R&B. There is something about those music styles that every time you hear some nice chords played on the keys you transport somewhere else where you only want to dance and enjoy the music!
I particularly love funk and I have been enjoying the sounds – for a good number of years – of a funk power trio called “Soulive”. They are very energetic, very soulful and very funky!
So who is Neal Evans? Well, he is the ‘live’ of Soulive – he is the keyboard player… well, more correctly the Hammond B3 organ, bass keys, clavinet player. What I love the most is how he plays the bass keys. Soulive is a trio of Drums, Guitar and Keys, and yes, you are right Neal Evans besides playing the harmony or soloing on the keyboard, is also playing the bass with his left hand and he is playing funk. You know what a funk bass player requires right? The Bass needs to be good, funky and always hold the groove and Neal nails it every time!
You are going to love him!!!!
Check this video of him playing the Hammond B-3mk2 at Hammond Suzuky World in Japan:
Here is also a VERY FUNKY solo performed with Soulive:
If you dig his style, check out this interesting video of Neal talking about Songwriting and Music Composition: