JazzWax List: 10 Sax-Organ Combos - JazzWax

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June 29, 2010


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For a whole 'nother kind of sax-organ combo, check out "Dynasty" by Stan Getz and Eddie Louiss. Recorded live on three consecutive nights at Ronnie Scott's, this double cd also features Rene Thomas and drummer Bernard Lubat. Sublime.


Jimmy Smith $ Stanley Turrentine, 'Back to the Chicken Shack'

Ed Leimbacher

Okay, Marc, if confession is good for the soul... why do so many Jazz fans find the pairing of sax and organ so compelling? (The question pretty much answers itself.)

Michael Jenner

I would have to include "Shuffle Twist" from Soul Summit- Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Jack McDuff, and Charlie Persip.

Ian Carey

It's not strictly a sax/organ group, but Larry Young's "Unity" is still one of my all-time faves--JoeHen, Larry, Woody Shaw, Elvin, tearing it up as modern as it comes, but with that soulful undercurrent from the B3. I think I'll listen to it right now...


Glad other people are hip to the sax-organ thing. I picked up My Mother's Eyes, with Stitt and Charles Kynard, a few months back and since then I've made it a point to snap up every Stitt organ record I could find. Thanks, everyone, for helping to broaden my scope. There's just something about that sound - a good compromise between pop/R&B and jazz sensibilities.

Rab Hines

A little B3 goes a long way with me, but one favorite is Richard "Groove" Holmes with Ben Webster (with Les McCann, t'boot)

Juan Camarillo

Another great organ and sax album is Reuben Wilson and Melvin Butler in "Organ Blues".

Hiroyasu Minowa

Don Patterson/Booker Ervin's "Just Friends", Shirley Scott/Stanley Turrentine's "Deep Purple"(Impulse), Bill Doggett/Clifford Scott's "Honky Tonk", Jimmy Smith/Percy France, Charles Earland/Joe Henderson, Milt Buckner/Arnett Cobb, Wild Bill Davis/Buddy Tate,,,,, are among my favorites.

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