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Richard "Groove" Holmes

Revered in soul-jazz circles, Richard "Groove" Holmes was an unapologetically swinging Jimmy Smith admirer who could effortlessly move from the grittiest of blues to the most sentimental of ballads. Holmes, a very accessible, straightforward and warm player who was especially popular in the black community, had been well respected on the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey circuit by the time he signed with Pacific Jazz in the early '60s and started receiving national attention by recording with such greats as Ben Webster and Gene Ammons. Holmes, best known for his hit 1965 version of "Misty," engaged in some inspired organ battles with Jimmy McGriff in the early '70s before turning to electric keyboards and fusion-ish material a few years later. The organ was Holmes' priority in the mid- to late '80s, when he recorded for Muse (he also had stints throughout his career with Prestige Records and Groove Merchant) . Holmes was still delivering high-quality soul-jazz for Muse (often featuring tenor titan Houston Person) when a heart attack claimed his life at the age of 60 in 1991 after a long struggle with prostrate cancer. He was a musician to the end, playing his last shows in a wheelchair. ~ Alex Henderson & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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LoVery Jimmy, Jack and Groove also Bill Dogett. They can all Jam!
I love music but love jazz the most. My kids turned me on to Pandora . Got away from jazz four awhile,but now I'm back with the groove.
cef1953
R G makes any day or night a good one!!!
joylady90056
This is why I love Pandora!
JB Smooth ballards, Hyw. 61 Blues and Jaz Organists... Each rendition is like a sip of Maker's Mark.
jazzfly
I was raised arouned jazz i was born and raised I south philadelphia . I rember the show boat. My mother played the piano at the ov academe in south philly around 1939.
He did a tune called unsonja joy (spelling) back in the late 70's maybe early 80's. Can't find the song anywhere. Any body know what I'm talking about!
A toe tapping smooth style of jazz that soothes the inner self and makes one want to say, As bad as life may get you down, hey I still have tomorrow to mess up again.
Nothing like Good ole Richard Groove Holmes at the end of hard days work
WE ALL GROOVED WITH GROOVE IN PHILA. PA.
drabe9
"Prostrate"? Try "prostate" as the correct spelling.
My favorite.... M I S T Y . OH so Awesome!!!
Mr groove himself!!! Thank you for that one......... . . . .
one of the true masters.
groovig groove holmes, yeah...
When I listen to "Groove" he takes me to the grown and jazzy side of myself. I agree with docdeglobal- v o c h o most def. Cool struttin music
jomar06514
"Groove" is one of the greatest and gifted musicians ever. My favorite cut by him is his rendition of "Songs for my father". Bless you all!
stevenschwar z 2 3
Nice!
Cool struttin music!
My fav organ player. Groove nailed it, but don't mess around with the studio stuff. Super sterile. The guy was a monster live. "Hittin the Jug" with Gene Ammons. "Groove Holmes Live at Count Basies" is insane. Also, karlkilcreas e , he may have moonlighted with a Wurlitzer from time to time, but Groove was a B-3 player by trade, being especially well known for his frantic pedal work.
frank.lopez
To me Richard is toooooo cool. When, I listen to 'the Groove' I try to be sippin' on a scotch and soda.
lovelylady26 6 0 4 0 9
i am anew comer love all there is about theas artists
edlor48
song for my father is my favorite too.
I am trying to find a recording by Groove Holmes and the title of the album is Onsaya Joy recorded in 1974 under the Flying Dutchman label.
karlkilcreas e
Groove played a Wurlitzer organ, which was unusual for Jazz players. The Wurlitzer was a skating rink organ, it didn't have that deep rich sound of the Hammond B 3, but Groove didn't get his name for being lame. Listen to "Soul Message" and hear all the flavor Groove puts into his selections. The Clifford Brown, Max Roach staple Dahoud is given fair treatment, while the best cut in my opinion is the Horace Silver cover of "Song for My Father", with Errol Garner's "Misty" a close second. Groov

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