Title - 'Message from Groove and GW'
Artist - The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
For those not in the know, Hammond B3 Organist and Jazz pianist, Radam Schwartz has built his reputation over the last 35 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman, Russell Malone, Cecil Brooks III and Jimmy Ford.
Indeed, he continues to make music history today playing with renowned artists, Bill Saxton, Iron City, The Spirit of Life Ensemble and many others.
Radam also has been a jazz educator for many years, with several generations of young musicians being mentored by him.
He served as music director at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey for close to 20 years, also served as an artist-in-residence at Middlesex County Arts High School, taught at the Jazz Academy in Red Bank, NJ, Jazz Connections in Montclair NJ. Jazz House Kids, and is the director of the Rutgers Newark Mosaic Jazz Ensemble.
And so, one of the pacesetters of the jazz organ, Schwartz teams up with drummer David F. Gibson and the Abel Mireles Jazz Exchange Big Band for a brand new album, entitled Message from Groove and GW (August 15th, 2020 via Arabesque Records).
1. 'Trouble Just Won't Go Away' (Radam Schwartz)
2. 'Blues Minor' (John Coltrane)
3. 'Ain't No Way' (Carolyn Franklin)
4. 'Dig You Like Crazy' (Radam Schwartz)
5. 'What to Do' (Abel Mireles)
6. 'Between the Sheets' (Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr, Ronald Isley, E. Isley, M. Isley)
7. 'Message from Groove and GW' (Radam Schwartz)
8. 'A Path To Understanding' (Peter Lin)
9. 'Work Song' (Charles Mingus)
10. 'Von Gott' (J.S. Bach)
Quite easily one of the most swingingly sublime, groovingly funky, and musical BIG big band albums of the year, tracks such as the toe-tappin' magnificence of one of Radam's original tunes, 'Dig You Like Crazy,' let alone the funky rhythms and wondrous blues instrumental aggregation on the title track, 'Message From Groove and GW,' immediately showcase the fact that with four trumpets, five saxophonists, two trombone players, a guitarist and drummer making up Radam's outfit, sweet musical harmony is the the only, and most natural end product.
Add to that some stellar collective work on their covers of The Isley Brothers’ 'Between the Sheets,' mesmerizing turns on both John Coltrane’s 'Blues Minor' and Charles Mingus' 'Work Song' (not to be confused with the Nat Adderley composition), and even getting somewhat meditative on the J.S. Bach ballad, and album closer 'Von Gott,' for all intents and purposes, this all-encompassing collection might well be the must have, feel good album of the year!
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