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Live In Las Vegas

Gene Ludwig

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Album Review

Veteran organist Gene Ludwig is a contemporary of Jimmy Smith and plays in a similar style. Teamed with a solid if unremarkable quartet, Ludwig stretches out on eight standards, some of which are pretty extended. The music falls between hard bop and soul-jazz and is both pleasing and a little derivative. Few surprises occur, but Ludwig plays well and the spirit is high and joyful. For organ fans, this live set can be summed up as "What's not to like?"

Biography

Born: 04 September 1937 in Twin Rocks, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Gene Ludwig started performing professionally in 1949 at the age of 12. Born near Pittsburgh, PA, one of the major cradles of jazz artists, Ludwig was initially a pianist. He took formal piano training for more than 12 years. Then in the late '50s he saw Jimmy Smith perform at Pittsburgh's Hurricane Club, that city's mecca for the jazz organ sound. He put aside the piano and turned to the B3 Hammond organ and has been a steady performer for more than 40 years. Major events during this career include...
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 11 February 2006

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