Robert Walter – Super Heavy Organ

Robert Walter - Super Heavy Organ (2005)Artist: Robert Walter
Album: Super Heavy Organ
Label: Magnatude
Release date: August 30, 2005
Style: Jazz-Funk, Hammond
Format: mp3, CBR 256 kbps

1. Adelita 5:27
2. Kickin’ Up Dust 3:14
3. Spell 2:33
4. El Cuervo 7:30
5. Criminals Have a Name For It 5:12
6. 34 Small 7:15
7. Don’t Hate, Congratulate 3:38
8. Poor Tom 2:56
9. (smells like) Dad’s Drunk Again 6:05
10. Big Dummy 4:57
11. Hardware 5:01
12. Cabrillo 9:02

The Hammond Organ. Ask anyone who has played one on the club scene and they ’ll tell you horror stories about jacking the B3 up fire escapes or removing doorframes; not to mention the instrument’s sheer weight, alone. No question, the Hammond is a super heavy organ.
Then there’s what’s under the hood. There are two layers of keys, four sets of drawbars, and eighteen changeable presets, creating a sound that arguably smokes any modern instrument. You need a virtuoso sitting behind the Hammond or, somehow, it doesn’t erupt in those fat, bubbly tones, or in those long glissandos that rip the paint off the wall.
“I just love the instrument,” Robert Walter enthuses. He knows the mantle he wears when he plays the Hammond and the Leslie. He knows the lineage, which, in no particular order, includes Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and newcomers like Joey DeFrancesco. Walter wasn’t born behind an organ; in fact, he began gigging with a piano and a Fender Rhodes. The story goes that he wanted something more powerful, wider in bandwidth—something…heavier.

Personnel:
Robert Walter – Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Piano, Melodica and Percussion
Stanton Moore – Drums and Percussion
Johnny Vidacovich – Drums and Cymbals
Tim Green – Tenor Sax
James Singleton – Bass
Anthony Farrell – Vocals
All tracks except “Poor Tom” (Page/Plant) by Robert Walter.
Recorded in New Orleans

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