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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The World At My Fingers - Hal Shutz

The World At My Fingers
Hal Shutz
Hammond Extravoice
Epic Stereorama BN 582

From what I can tell, Shutz made one other album, Organ And Firelight (Columbia, 1956). It was offered by The Hammond Organ Company as a demonstration record.

This record seems way more obscure. The only other instance I could find was a listing in an Epic ad that ran in the November 7, 1960 Billboard.


  1. GREAT tune! Unusual! Pandit-esque!

  2. Hal Shutz is my late father. He passed away at 64 in 1978. He was a great father and in my opinion the greatest organist of his time. Unfortunately, he never cut a record of his favorite tunes, or tunes liked by his many friends and students. He could play the blues organ like I've never heard it played before, yet none of this was ever recorded. I can't say enough about him for not only his contributions to music, but as a great father and his passion outside of music in the sciences, art and religion. He wasn't a church going type, but studied religion extensively. He didn't walk the same path as others thats for sure, I've never met anyone like him since and many of my friends who knew him felt the same way. They still talk about him to this day.

    He did cut a third album, it was a wedding music album and I believe it was called "Her Comes the Bride"

    1. I'm a former student of Hal and he was the greatest!

    2. I was a student of your father in the mid-sixties. I went on to play the B3 in many Venus over the years. He was a great teacher and a wonderful musician. You and I probably met at some point in San Bruno, or perhaps at a testimonial dinner for him. I still play some of his arrangements.

    3. I am a former student of Hal’s in the mid-1960s. He was a great teacher and organist! I learned so much from him and have played professionally all of my life. I’m now in Ohio and teach. Nice to see this here.

  3. Very awesome melodic styling for the great Hammond vacuum tube oscillator F100 Extravoice organ. The F100 was the less popular, but certainly more cool successor to the Hammond S Chord Organ series- S4,S6,S100. As Hal Shutz demonstrates, these organs are not toys or inferior in any way to any other make or model of organ, they are simply different that's all, In fact the tube oscillator organs Hammond made were quite professional in their make up. Tone is everything when it comes to music and tube oscillators offer very rich, ever changing tonal textures to the organist. Put that together with some good spring reverb and bass pedals and what more could you want?
    Every day there are Hammond Chord organs on Craigslist somewhere in America. The Model S-6 is the most common. I happen to have an S-6 from 1955 that of all my 20+ organs I've owned over the years, it is the S6 that has never needed even one repair. I love it. This is why I am always keeping an eye out for an F100 Extravoice because I like the S6 tone, but want more than 2 bass pedals and the F100 has a full octave. I love my Hammond X-66 organ and the fact that I have their top model and their bottom model, but they both sound great is awesome. BTW I played a Hammond A100 (AKA B3) and a Leslie 122 for years, but also love the OTHER organ sounds! SAVE THE ORGANS- Paul J, Columbus Ohio

  4. Hello Paul, nice post. Of course, we had several organs at the house, I recall one whole wall area downstairs was dedicated to speakers for the big spinet and I do believe we also had an S6 Hammond Chord organ upstairs. I learned to play a couple tunes on it, I certainly appreciated the music, but I wasn't interested enough to pursue it any further. The chord organ was an amazing instrument for it's size, my father made it sound bigger sound wise. It finally found a home around 1987 when my mom donated it to an RV club house facility she used to belong to.


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