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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Leon Spencer (1945-2012)

Mar 16, 2012

One of the masters of the might Hammond B-3 organ has passed away, with the recent death of Leon Spencer. Best known for his work with guitarist Melvin Sparks, who passed away last year, Spencer never really got his due as one of the founders of "acid jazz".

Two read two wonderful commentaries on Spencer. go to Funky 16 Corners  and Sound Insights, both excellent site for learnign about acid jazz.   Click here to listen to Spencer tear it up with Sparks on "Thank You", a cover of the Sly Stone classic. The track comes from the 1970 album Sparks! on the Prestige label, and features an amazing group of funketeers - Idris Muhammad on drums, Sparks on guitar, Spencer on the B-3, Houston Person and John Manning on tenor sax and Virgil Jones on trumpet.