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Gene Ludwig

Born: September 4, 1937 | Died: July 14, 2010    Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Gene Ludwig

Some say he stole the show that night... the fella from Pittsburgh who showed up late that afternoon, missing the sound check and sort of looking like anyone's junior high math teacher as he strolled around backstage at the 1994 Newark Jazz Organ Jam waiting for his turn to play. As I introduced myself to him, I remember his hands being huge, reminding me of what a bricklayer's hands might be like: long, thick fingers and wide palms. I had looked forward to meeting Gene Ludwig in person. I was trying so hard to be impartial as I listened to each organist who played that night but deep down I, too, felt that Gene grooved harder than the others... I really do love everybody that sits at that bench... no matter who they are or what kind of music they play... but somehow, those who reach the audience quicker and with the most passion, leave me with the more lasting impression. It didn't take me long to figure out what Gene did to that crowd that night to get the response that he got and win over so many new fans: HE PLAYED THE BLUES... That's what those folks came to hear. They wanted to be taken back in time to the old days of the 'Organ Rooms' where every club had a B-3 on the stage and smokey, inner city soul jazz was the gravy of life. When Gene kicked off with Jimmy Smith's 'The Sermon', he was telling that crowd that there's still truth in this music... it hasn't left us and never will... and more importantly, he wasn't afraid to play Jimmy's sound. As an admitted disciple, he was reminding us just how important this is to us all. Gene Ludwig has always been that kind of a player. He knows where he came from and how he got where he is... no frills, nothing pretentious... just SOLID ORGAN GROOVE... That's Gene Ludwig....
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Karl Stark, Philadelphia Enquirer • August 28, 2005 ”The Pittsburgh-based Gene Ludwig, who played Philly's Zanzibar Blue this month, remains a formidable cat of the stun-and-gun jazz organ school. Whether it's slinky grooves or moments of pure takeoff, Ludwig and his quartet are proficient at this nasty but necessary art.”**********

Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper • January 19, 2006 ”Every organist has their 'First time I saw Jimmy Smith' story, but few of these are the preface to a 50-year career. Pittsburgh's Gene Ludwig swings with such an easy grace that one has to suspect he walks, breathes and snores in that rhythm. Next time you wander into a smoky bar and hear someone coaxing a sultry blues lick from a B3 knockoff, ask them about the first time they saw Gene Ludwig.”**********

Review by: DOWNBEAT.COM March 2006 ”Gene Ludwig, one of jazz's premier Hammond B-3 organists, documents his live show in this recording from Las Vegas. With support of guitar, drums and percussion, his music comes clean and straight, mad with swing and pure in logic.”**********

Gene Ludwig “LOUIE & JAZZ” CHOSEN AS FEATURED DAILY DOWNLOAD January 5, 2007 www.allaboutjazz.com

45 RPM MR. FINK (sometimes called Blues for Mr. Fink) - 1960 GOSPEL GOODNESS - 1962 STICKS AND STONES (parts 1 & 2) - 1963 WALK ON THE WILDSIDE - 1964 BIRDIE'S BLUES - 1964 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - 1964 MY BLUE HEAVEN - 1965 THE VAMP - 1965 BLUE FLAME - 1966 SOUL MOUNTAIN - 1966 MOTHER BLUES - 1967 MY WAY (parts 1 & 2) - 1971 THE STREET PREACHER (parts 1 & 2) - 1987 CASSETTE BLUES AND MORE - 1982 ALBUMS ORGAN OUT LOUD - 1964 THIS IS GENE LUDWIG - 1965 THE EDUCATED SOUND OF GENE LUDWIG - 1965 HOT ORGAN (repackage of Organ Out Loud) - 1967 NOW’S THE TIME - 1979 CD’S BACK ON THE TRACK - 1998 SOUL SERENADE - 2000 THE GROOVE ORGANIZATION - 2002 HANDS ON - 2003 GENE LUDWIG - LIVE IN LAS VEGAS - 2006 DUFF'S BLUES - 2008 RECORDED WITH OTHER ARTISTS NIGHT LETTER (WITH SONNY STITT) - 1969 NASSAU (WITH RON BARTOL) - 1984 DANGER ZONE (THE BILLY PRICE BAND) - 1993 FRONT (WITH RANDY CALDWELL) - 1998 DIAMONDS AND SAUSAGES (WITH SHAWNEE LAKE) - 1999 WALKING THE WALK-THE SERIOUS SAXOPHONE OF HOSEA TAYLOR (WITH HOSEA TAYLOR) - 2000 KEEP THAT GROOVE GOING (WITH PLAS JOHNSON & RED HOLLOWAY) - 2001 DeVOS GROOVE GUITAR (WITH BOB DeVOS) - 2003 INDUBITABLY QUINTESSENTIAL (WITH HOSEA TAYLOR) - 2003 WHAT'S NEW (WITH JIMMY PONDER) - 2005 DOUBLE EXPOSURE (WITH CECIL BROOKS III) - 2006 SYNESTHESIA (WITH HOSEA TAYLOR) - 2006 WORRY NO MORE (WITH JARED WILSON) - 2007

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