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Monday, February 3, 2014

Soul Power - Richard "Groove" Holmes

How Can I Be Sure
Soul Power!
Richard "Groove" Holmes
Prestige 7543

Richard "Groove" Holmes, organ
Wally Richardson, lead guitar
Steve Wolfe, rhythm guitar
Jimmy Lewis, electric bass
Ben Dixon, drums
Dave Blume, conga drums and arranger (Gimme Little Sign and How Can I Be Sure)

From the back cover: Richard "Groove" Holmes, as he has come to be known (nicknames have long been common among jazz men – did you know that drummer Zutty Singleton is known to his friends as "Face"?) was born in Camden, New Jersey, May 2, 1931. After several years of "giggin' around", pianist Les McCann heard him playing, in Pittsburg, and recommended him to a California record company.

That was 1960. The following year Holmes began recording, on his own and with groups ranging from combos led by such formidable players as Ben Webster and Gene Ammons to the big band of Gerald Wilson. – Chris Albertson

Soul Power
Gimmie Little Sign
How Can I Be Sure
Since I Fell For You
The Pearcher
Girl Talk

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