Richard "Groove" Holmes

Born 2 May 1931. Died 29 June 1991.
Richard "Groove" Holmes


Richard Arnold "Groove" Holmes (Camden, New Jersey, May 2, 1931 – St. Louis, Missouri, June 29, 1991) was an American jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of "Misty", and is considered a precursor of acid jazz.[citation needed]

Holmes' first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster, was recorded in March 1961.

Jimmy Witherspoon sings the Blues Society SOC968 1964

His sound was immediately recognizable in the upper register, but even more so because of his virtuosity in creating, undoubtedly, the most rapid, punctuating, and pulsating basslines of all the jazz organists.[citation needed]

Though he died at the age of 60, he established a recognition within the community of jazz organ giants of Jimmy Smith (The Sermon!), Brother Jack McDuff (A Real Good 'Un), Jimmy McGriff (I've Got a Woman).

He recorded many albums for Pacific Jazz, Prestige Records, Groove Merchant and Muse Records, many of which featured Houston Person.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Book of the Blues Vol.1

    Book of the Blues Vol.1

    Reviewed by Greg Boraman
    Expanded reissue of a neglected classic from the great organist 'Groove' Holmes.
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