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Richard "Groove" Holmes

Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Born: May 2, 1931 | Died: June 29, 1991    

Richard Arnold “Groove” Holmes, Born Richard Arnold Jackson (Camden, New Jersey) was a jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of “Misty,” and is considered a precursor of acid jazz.

Holmes burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s (his first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster

Ben Webster
Ben Webster
1909 - 1973
sax, tenor
was recorded in March 1961). An African-American, literally a heavyweight (approximately 300 pounds) and physically rotund in stature, he gained immediate respect with an inimitable style of his own. His sound was immediately recognizable in the upper register, but even more so because of his virtuosity in creating, undoubtedly, the most rapid, punctuating, and pulsating basslines of all the jazz organists. His Prestige recording of “Live at the Front Room” recorded in Newark, New Jersey is one of the great jazz performances on the Hammond-B3. He (Holmes) seemed to make fire jump from the Hammond organ the night of that live recording. Though his recording years were relatively brief, as he died at the less than advanced age of 60, he established a recognition that is stellar within the community of notable jazz organ giants, i.e. Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
(The Sermon), Brother Jack McDuff
Jack McDuff
Jack McDuff
1926 - 2001
organ, Hammond B3
(A Real Good 'Un), Jimmy McGriff
Jimmy McGriff
Jimmy McGriff
1936 - 2008
organ, Hammond B3
(I've Got a Woman). His style whether ballad, standard, or uptempo straight ahead, was always soulful, as his nicknamed implied, he was a “Groove.”...
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    Soul Message

    Prestige Records
    2006
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    Workin' On A Groovy Thing

    King Records
    2006
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    Giants Of The Organ In Concert

    Triloka Records
    2005
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    Super Soul

    King Records
    2004
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    On Basie's Bandstand

    Prestige Records
    2004
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    Timeless Richard "Groove" Holmes

    King Records
    2003
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    On Basie's Bandstand

    Prestige Records
    2003
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