JOHN PATTON

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b : 12/07/1935 - d : 19/03/2002 Also known as 'Big' John Patton. John Patton has started his career as pianist with the Lloyd Price touring band from 1954 to 1959, before moving to New York. Once there, he began to make the transition from piano to organ and recorded with Lou Donaldson for Blue Note from 1962 to 1964. In the mid 80's, Patton was rediscovered by a younger generation, particularly John Zorn, who began using his sound on recordings and Patton continued to release new recordings into the 90's, including two on the Japanese label DIW Records.

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JOHN PATTON Along Came John album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Along Came John
Soul Jazz 1963
JOHN PATTON The Way I Feel album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Way I Feel
Soul Jazz 1964
JOHN PATTON Let 'em Roll album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Let 'em Roll
Soul Jazz 1965
JOHN PATTON Oh Baby! album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Oh Baby!
Soul Jazz 1965
JOHN PATTON Got a Good Thing Goin' album cover 4.69 | 4 ratings
Got a Good Thing Goin'
Soul Jazz 1966
JOHN PATTON That Certain Feeling album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
That Certain Feeling
Soul Jazz 1968
JOHN PATTON Understanding album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Understanding
Soul Jazz 1968
JOHN PATTON Accent on the Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Accent on the Blues
Soul Jazz 1969
JOHN PATTON Soul Connection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Connection
Soul Jazz 1983
JOHN PATTON Blue John album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Blue John
Soul Jazz 1986
JOHN PATTON Blue Planet Man album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Blue Planet Man
Soul Jazz 1993
JOHN PATTON Minor Swing album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Minor Swing
Soul Jazz 1995
JOHN PATTON Boogaloo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boogaloo
Soul Jazz 1995
JOHN PATTON Memphis To New York Spirit album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Memphis To New York Spirit
Soul Jazz 1996

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JOHN PATTON The Organization! - The Best of 'Big' John Patton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Organization! - The Best of 'Big' John Patton
Soul Jazz 1994
JOHN PATTON Mosaic Select 6: John Patton (aka Capitol Vaults Jazz Series) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Mosaic Select 6: John Patton (aka Capitol Vaults Jazz Series)
Soul Jazz 2003

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JOHN PATTON Got a Good Thing Goin'

Album · 1966 · Soul Jazz
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Those familiar with Organist Big John Patton and Guitarist Grant Green know these guys can groove up a storm, And Got a Good Thing Going is no exception, No saxes to get in the way this time, Just Drummer Hugh Walker and the congas of Richard Landrum too add a little more color, The dual between Green and Patton is spectacular, Reaching juicy soul jazz heights, Nothing of real complexity happens on Got a Good Thing Going, The 3 Patton originals, "The Yodel", A fantastic groovin number that will get your feet a movin, "Soul Woman" and Duke Pearson's "Amanda" are all just basic blues numbers with plenty of grits and gravy soul, The 2 standards,"Aint that Peculiar" and "The Shake" the latter adds plenty of more groove, If you needed more. All in all soul jazz just doesn't get better than this. Never one time did I wish for a Lou Donaldson style Sax solo, "The Yodel" is worth the price of the disc alone.

I will mention I listened to this from an original mono first press Blue Note LP from 1966, and the sound just explodes from the speakers, the sound stage is in your face and the Low ends rattle the walls and Grant Green rings true and crisp in the mix, "The Yodel" is also on the Grant Green 4CD Blue Note Retrospective Box set.

JOHN PATTON Let 'em Roll

Album · 1965 · Soul Jazz
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"Big" John Patton is another of the various soul jazz organists from the 60s, and although he's not unlike many of his contemporaries, he had the luck (to say it somehow) of having stupendous musicians contributing to his albums.

It's in the case of Let 'em Roll where Blue Note-addict Grant Green is playing groovy and memorable guitar and there's also the master vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson. The combination of organ and vibes for me is killer, and add to that such a great guitarist like Green, you have one splendid session.

Yes, this is soul jazz, and while its essence is staying funky and simple, John Patton makes a highly enjoyable album with its catchy grooves and original solos. Let 'em Roll still suffers from the typical soul jazz flaws, the melodies can be derivative thus lacking a bit of bite and creativity.

But all in all, this is one solid album which is very entertaining for those who like smoothness and/or groovy organ-led jazz. Grant Green fans will enjoy this as well. A recomended soul jazz record.

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