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A name like Doc Bagby has the ring of an insider and the keyboardist who is sometimes credited as the less-distinctive sounding Hank Bagby was the perfect studio insider, the session man's session man. A detailed account of his comings and goings would eventually have the dramatic impact of an elevator inspection certificate, but rock & roll would have never made it to the top floor creatively without him. He was the type of superb session player who makes early rock & roll and rhythm & blues oddities such a delight and he also had strong roots in country blues, even playing on some of the best records of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. If the subject is recording any of this type of genre material in New York City in the '60s, Gotham studios would have been one of the doors opening, with the imposing figure of Bagby no read more...
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DOC BAGBY Honky Tonk In Silk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Honky Tonk In Silk
Hard Bop 1957
DOC BAGBY Doc Bagby Plays The Hits Of The Drifters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doc Bagby Plays The Hits Of The Drifters
Exotica 1960

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DOC BAGBY Doc Bagby & Luis Rivera : Battle Of The Organs album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Doc Bagby & Luis Rivera : Battle Of The Organs
Soul Jazz 1959

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DOC BAGBY Smooth Organ Groove Organ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smooth Organ Groove Organ
Hard Bop 2016

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DOC BAGBY Doc Bagby & Luis Rivera : Battle Of The Organs

Split · 1959 · Soul Jazz
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If you have ever dug through a stack of records at a thrift store looking for a hidden gem, then you’ll know that you end up looking at about a million over sold 70s albums by the likes of Elton John and Seals and Crofts before you might get lucky and hit an obscure garish tacky album cover like “Battle of the Organs”. Bizarre thrown together cheap album covers like this are a beacon to record collectors looking for that odd bit of exotica. No doubt the cover of this record is priceless kitsch, but it also helps that the music isn’t bad either.

Although he never became a household name, Doc Bagby was very busy in the music industry, particularly in the 50s and 60s, as a session musician, arranger, bandleader and whatever else was necessary. Not only did he participate in many collectable exotic instrumental RnB and novelty rock records, but he also served as Sonny Stitt’s organist at a time when there were very few jazz organ players. Some of the records he cut with Stitt, on which they mixed jazz with blues played with a tenor sax plus B3 organ, became a blueprint for the coming soul jazz fad. Side two of “Battle of the Organs” belongs to Luis Rivera, who was a long time lounge organist in the Los Angelas area. Although Barby’s side is better musically, Rivera’s bold plaid jacket helps make this album cover a kitsch masterpiece.

Bagby’s side of the record is pretty solid old school blues-jazz played with your typical organ trio of B3, tenor sax and drums. Some of these tracks are fairly funky in a proto-soul jazz kind of way with “Grinding” being one of the stand out cuts. Luis Rivera’s side is a little more cheezy with somewhat similar blues based music, but with a much more exaggerated and hammy approach that was typical of the lounge players in this era. His band makeup is similar to Bagby’s, but his tenor player uses old school over-done swoops in his playing, plus a deep reverb sound typical of 50s corny instrumental rock records. Jazz fan will probably find the Bargby side of “Battle of the Organs” to be of more interest, but the collector of odd exotica will probably find much to appreciate on both sides of this wonderful piece of vinyl.

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