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Richard "Groove" Holmes

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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Albums

Soul Message
Soul Message
Prestige Records
2006
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Workin' On A Groovy...
King Records
2006
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Giants Of The Organ...
Triloka Records
2005
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On Basie's Bandstand
On Basie's Bandstand
Prestige Records
2004
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Super Soul
King Records
2004
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Timeless Richard...
King Records
2003
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