There is an increased interest in playing the organ these days as many keyboard players are adding organ modules, organs, software etc., to their array of instruments. This book consists of 57 riffs, in many different keys, and covers a wide range of organ styles including Blues, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and Reggae. The music notation consists of the right and left hand parts as well as a bass line.
Although primarily written and recorded with the organ in mind, pianists and keyboard players will also find the material in this book very useful. The artists that these styles have been influenced by have a range of popularity from the 1960's to the present day and at the back of the book is a discography that will be of help in selecting CD's to listen to. Jazz, Acid-Jazz Organists include: Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, "Brother" Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, "Big" John Patton, Larry Young, Charles Earland, Don Patterson, Freddie Roach, Shirley Scott, Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Barbara Dennerlein, Larry Goldings, John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Ronnie Foster, Reuben Wilson, James Taylor (James Taylor Quartet), Les McCann. Funk, Rock and R&B Organists include: Bobby Byrd (James Brown), Booker T. Jones (Booker T & The MG's), Lonnie Jordan (War), Art Neville (The Meters and the Neville Brothers), Billy Preston, Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone), Chester Thompson (Tower Of Power (Santana), Greg Rolie (Santana), Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers), Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer), John Lord (Deep Purple), John Novello, Felix Cavaliere (The Young Rascals), Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis, Traffic), Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Michael McDonald, Adam Scone (Sugarman Three). Blues & Gospel Organists include: Dr. John, Lucky Peterson, Reese Wynans, Otis Spann, Mike Finnegan, Richard Tee (Stuff, Paul Simon), Al Kooper, John Mayall. Reggae Organists include: Jackie Mittoo (Skatalites), Ansel Collins (Dave & Ansel Collins). Most of the above mentioned organists have had a major influence on my keyboard playing in one way or another and I would strongly suggest listening and learning from these great musicians.