Hammond Street

Performers Various Artists

July 23, 2002 | Compact Disc

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Performers include: James Taylor Quartet, Jimmy McGriff, Trashmonkeys, Pleasure Beach, Spidermen, Reuben Wilson, Sharkskin, Sugarman Three, Phaze.
Thanks to the 1970s and '80s soul jazz movement and its 21st century counterpart, acid jazz, the Hammond B-3 organ has shown a remarkable ability to survive and adapt to changing musical trends -- all without changing its swirling, pulsing tone one little bit. The Hammond Street anthology from Acid Jazz mixes in tracks from a couple of veteran B-3 players like Jimmy McGriff and Reuben Wilson with tracks from newer combos, and even though these newer groups cover songs like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," what is immediately obvious here is how much a B-3 sounds like a B-3 no matter what kind of clothes you drape over it. Highlights include the hard-charging "Itchy Feet" by the Past Present Organisation (which opens the disc), the ragged and energy-overloaded "Clubtown" by the Trashmonkeys, McGriff's "Ain't It Funky" (which indeed it is), and Wilson's "Sugar," a classic piece of soul jazz. Pleasure Beach's instrumental cover of "Teen Spirit" will doubtless generate some attention, but other than hijacking the grunge anthem into some strange lounge territory, it generates much more smoke than heat. Still, Hammond Street is an interesting compilation, and illustrates what is old is new again eventually. ~ Steve Leggett

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 23, 2002

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 676499013724

Found in: Acid Jazz, Acid Jazz

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Hammond Street

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 23, 2002

Genre: Acid Jazz

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 676499013724


Title Track Time
1.Itchy Feet - The Past Present Organisation (Short Hop Mix) --
2.Clubtown - Trashmonkeys --
3.Soul Barrio Part 2 - The Sugarman 3 --
4.Car Chase - James Taylor Quartet --
5.Wormin' - The Clique --
6.Hotheaded - Sharkskin --
7.Sugar - Reuben Wilson --
8.Texas Twister - The Forster-Hammond Trio --
9.Monkeyshines - Nick Rossi --
10.Indian Rope Man - Phaze --
11.Smells Like Teen Spirit - Pleasure Beach --
12.Ain't It Funky Now - Jimmy McGriff --
13.Theme From Poindexter - Spiderman --
14.Buttermilk - Martini --

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Performers include: James Taylor Quartet, Jimmy McGriff, Trashmonkeys, Pleasure Beach, Spidermen, Reuben Wilson, Sharkskin, Sugarman Three, Phaze.
Thanks to the 1970s and '80s soul jazz movement and its 21st century counterpart, acid jazz, the Hammond B-3 organ has shown a remarkable ability to survive and adapt to changing musical trends -- all without changing its swirling, pulsing tone one little bit. The Hammond Street anthology from Acid Jazz mixes in tracks from a couple of veteran B-3 players like Jimmy McGriff and Reuben Wilson with tracks from newer combos, and even though these newer groups cover songs like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," what is immediately obvious here is how much a B-3 sounds like a B-3 no matter what kind of clothes you drape over it. Highlights include the hard-charging "Itchy Feet" by the Past Present Organisation (which opens the disc), the ragged and energy-overloaded "Clubtown" by the Trashmonkeys, McGriff's "Ain't It Funky" (which indeed it is), and Wilson's "Sugar," a classic piece of soul jazz. Pleasure Beach's instrumental cover of "Teen Spirit" will doubtless generate some attention, but other than hijacking the grunge anthem into some strange lounge territory, it generates much more smoke than heat. Still, Hammond Street is an interesting compilation, and illustrates what is old is new again eventually. ~ Steve Leggett
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