Aug 10, 2009
As I pointed out in my podcast last month, the Hammond B-3 organ is no longer the exclusive plaything of American jazz artists. From Japan to Europe, men and woman are picking up the mantle of the great players of the past and working out on the venerable B-3.
Another candidate for Hammond Hero has come from Germany. Jermaine Landsberger's North American debut Gettin' Blazed shows he has the chops, and is not afraid to try some things differently.
While the classic Hammond lineup is organ-guitar-drums, Landsberger has assembled a full band, adding Andreas Oberg on guitar, James Genus on bass, and session veteran Harvey Mason on drums. Gary Meek's sax and flute add additional color, and are particularly funky on Horce Silver's classic "Filthy McNasty".
The real coup here is Landsberger's landing of guitar player Pat Martino. A veteran of Hammond sessions himnself, Martino's "Three Base Hit" is a thrilling duet, as the pair push one another through exciting solo after solo. Martino also lends spice to "Sno' Peas" and the terrific "Brazilian People".
Landsberger shows himself to be a formidable player, and his originals hold up well against other tunes, particularly "Valse Manouche" which showcases Oberg's guitar. The cover of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star" gives him a top-notch solo. At the age of 36, Landsberger has proven he is ready to be crowned a Hammond Hero.