Bill Doggett (org), Wilmer Shakesnider, Cliff Davis, Benny Nelson, Cliff Davis (ts), Les Taylor (bs), Wally Richardson, Floyd Smith, Billy Butler (g), Bob Bushnell (b), George A. Johnson (d)
Reference: BMCD 882
Bar code: 8427328008822
· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Organ combos have a long and, at times, unsung history in jazz. This is as much about fashion as anything else, but the list of imposing jazz Hammond men (and women) includes such diverse players as Larry Young, Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff—and Bill Doggett.
Like so many organists, Doggett began as a pianist leading his own band, but his experience embraced Lucky Millinder’s swing band with which both he and Millinder drifted towards the rhyhm’n’blues end of the spectrum in the late 1940s. He also played with Louis Jordan “jump blues” band and worked with the popular vocal group, the Ink Spots, and when he switched to Hammond organ in 1950 he had a grounding in groove-oriented jazz and popular music that served him impeccably well when he started his first organ combo.
That experience runs through the albums collected here. Both “Oops!” and “Prelude to the Blues” display the forceful, aggressive, but always swinging style that made his two-tenor-and-guitar bands so hugely popular and enjoyable. It was unpretentious but impeccably grooving music. As he remarked; “People have a real understanding and appreciation of the beat, and that’s what I give them.”
01. Honky Tonk – Part I (Doggett-Shepherd-Scott-Butler-Glover) 2:20
02. Honky Tonk – Part II (Doggett-Shepherd-Scott-Butler-Glover) 2:26
03. Canadian Sunset (Gimbel-Heywood) 2:33
04. ‘Deed I Do (Rose-Hirsh) 2:54
05. Buster (Bill Doggett) 2:46
06. Forest Green (Bill Doggett) 2:10
07. Oops (Smith-Doggett) 2:20
08. Stop That Twistin’ in Here (Wilmer Shakesnider) 2:22
09. I Cover the Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 2:29
10. Lady’s Choice (Curtis Mayfield) 2:58
11. Mommy – Part I (Bill Doggett) 2:14
12. Mommy – Part II (Bill Doggett) 2:08
13. So Sassy (Cliff Davis) 2:35 *
14. Choo Choo (Dunn-Kari) 2:31 *
15. Don’t Explain (B.Holiday-A.Herzog) 3:10
16. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Muse-René-René) 2:40
17. Born To Lose (Frankie Brown) 2:57
18. Blue and Sentimental (Basie-Livingston-David) 5:02
19. Blue Prelude (Jenkins-Bishop) 3:45
20. All Souls Blues (Bill Doggett) 3:11
21. Careless Love (Public Domain) 2:30
22. The Man That Got Away (Arlen-Gershwin) 2:22
23. Soda Pop (Bill Doggett) 1:56
24. Ham Fat (Benny Nelson) 2:33
25. Opus D (Bill Doggett) 5:01
26. St. Louis Blues (Handy) 3:09
(*) Bonus Tracks, not part of the original LP configuration
Tracks #1-12, from the Columbia album “Oops!” (CS 8614)
Track #13, from the Columbia album “The Giants of Jazz” (CS 8770)
Track #14, from the Columbia single 4-42531
Tracks #15-26, from the Columbia album “Prelude to the Blues” (CS 8742)
Bill Doggett, organ, and His Combo
Personnel on Oops!
Bill Doggett, organ; Wilmer Shakesnider, Cliff Davis, tenor saxes; Les Taylor, baritone sax; Wally Richardson, Floyd Smith, guitars; Bob Bushnell, bass; George A. Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York City, February 7 (#1,2,5,6,7,13), March 20 (#8,11,12), and 21 (#3,4,9,14)
Personnel on Prelude to the Blues
Bill Doggett, organ; Benny Nelson, Cliff Davis, tenor saxes, Billy Butler, guitar; Bob Bushnell, bass; George A. Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York City, September 19 (#24), 20 (#16,18,19,20,23,25,26), and 26 (#15,17,21,22)
Photography (Oops!): Henry Parker
Cover art (Prelude to the Blues): Bill Shields
Original recordings produced by Ernie Altschuler
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"If you want your Hammond B3 brimming with the blues, step down a flight into the juke joint of keyboardist Bill Doggett. This disc has his albums filled with ham fisted Hammond work, along with swaying saxes and toe tapping drums. Recorded in 1962, these two sessions make you feel like the juke joint is jumping!
The hands are clapping in a gospel style for vintage R&B pieces like the two part “Honky Tonk” whle there is a backbeat on “I Cover The Waterfront” that might create a tidal wave.’ The saxes of Wilmer Shakesnider, Cliff Davis and Les Taylor mix with earthy guitar licks from Floyd Smith and Wally Richardson while Bob Bushnell/b and George Johnson/dr supply a gospel groove on “Bluster” and an rock boogie to “Oops” and the two part “Mommy.”
The saxes of Davis and Benny Nelson wail on “When It’s sleepy Time Down South” while Billy Buttler’s guitar bops with delight on “Blue Prelude” and All Souls Blues.” As for Doggett himself, he makes groove so deep you’ll need a trowel to get out, and oozes like lava on “Opus D”, “Don’t Explain” and “Careless Love.” The music goes down like the ultimate comfort food, filling up whatever part of you that was hungry."
George W. Harris (April 10, 2017)
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