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The Greg Hatza Organization

  • 1. Juicy
    2. Birk's Works
    3. Moment's Notice
    4. Bossa Nowhere
    5. Georgia on My Mind
    6. Wizard, The
    7. Midnight Freight
    8. What's New?
    9. From Me to You
    10. Masquerade Is Over, The
    11. Tournament
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2012

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Cherigo; Greg Hatza; Michael Cherigo
    EngineerH. Leo McLaughlin

    Greg Hatza Organization: Greg Hatza (Hammond B-3 organ); Major Boyd (soprano saxophone); Jim Snidero (alto saxophone); Paul Bollenback (guitar); Gary Jenkins (drums).
    Recorded at 1137 Recordings, Baltimore, Maryland in March and April 1993.
    Personnel: Paul Bollenback (guitar); Major Boyd (soprano saxophone); Jim Snidero (alto saxophone); Gary Jenkins (drums).
    Recording information: 1137 Recordings, Baltimore, MD (03/1993-04/1993).
    Greg Hatza is a Jimmy Smith-influenced organist who had not been on records for over 20 years before the release of this CD. He plays in a timeless style that very much harks back to the 1960s, particularly on the blues and standards. Two of the selections, a slower than usual version of "Moment's Notice" (made a bit funky) and an advanced original ("The Wizard"), find him breaking away from the Jimmy Smith style and displaying his own interesting musical personality. Hatza's backup group features a pair of strong voices in the Jackie McLean-inspired altoist Jim Snidero and versatile guitarist Paul Bollenback, who switches from rock to Wes Montgomery with little difficulty; drummer Gary Jenkins is fine in support, and guest Major Boyd adds his soulful soprano to "From Me to You." All in all, this is enjoyable, swinging music. ~ Scott Yanow

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