Darren Heinrich Trio | New Vintage Tunes for the Hammond Organ

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New Vintage Tunes for the Hammond Organ

by Darren Heinrich Trio

Modern Hammond Organ Trio Jazz with plenty of tradition and a just a touch of the avant-garde.
Genre: Jazz: Hammond Organ
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1. Lunar
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4:58 album only
2. Hicksville
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7:41 album only
3. Meanderthal
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6:14 album only
4. Willow
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7:21 album only
5. The Poledancer
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4:53 album only
6. I Don't Know
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5:13 album only
7. Slinky
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6:27 album only
8. Easy Autumn
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6:13 album only
9. Hello Goodbye
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6:37 album only
10. Three Shades of Green
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5:25 album only
11. Meanderthal (Old School Version)
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5:41 album only
12. Willow (New School Version)
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Album Notes
New Vintage Tunes for the Hammond Organ is perhaps a first for Australian Jazz - an album of entirely original material performed by an organ trio. The 10 tracks (and 2 bonus tracks), composed by Darren, run the gamut of the jazz spectrum in style. Swing, Funk, Boogaloo, Ballads & Blues all get a workout here, and while Darren's influences may be evident to Hammond fans, the music is undeniably original and fresh. Produced by legendary US organist Tony Monaco during a visit to Australia, the album was recorded over two days by engineer Richard Belkener. Liner notes written by New York organist Pat Bianchi.

Personnel: Darren Heinrich: Hammond B3, with Steve Brien: Guitar, Andrew Dickeson: Drums, or: Simon Relf: Guitar, Tim Firth: Drums.

"A strong command of Larry Young’s approach to the organ." - Pat Bianchi.
“One of the hottest upcoming names in the Jazz organ scene.” - Tony Monaco.


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Darren Heinrich

reposted from ABC Australia's "LImelight Magazine" April 2009
3 ½ stars
Showcasing the Hammond organist’s originals in two distinct trio settings; Heinrich has inhaled the musical breath of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young and Dr Lonnie Smith and exhaled a freshness and originality in composition and smart chops stylistically rooted in the Hammond-guitar trio tradition. The first with guitarist Steve Brien, whose light fleeting fingering complements drummer Andrew Dickeson’s intricate Blakeyesque patterns. The second trio carries weightier definition with Simon Relf’s guitar and Tim Firth’s funkier drums. Produced by organ master Tony Monaco; for organ fans with a connection to the greats of the instrument, this is where it’s at in Australia.

Ray Leung

Fantastic collection and performances of new tunes which pay homage to the best of the organ trio tradition. The contrast between the two bands is really special, and the album successfully captures the gamut of jazz organ styles new and old. Some sounds may come and go, but this record gives you the feeling that it touches on something more permanent.


AWARD: Unsigned Artist of the Month
With his latest album, New Vintage Tunes for the Hammond Organ, Australian B-3 cat Darren Heinrich reminds us what chill organ jazz is all about. Darren maintains a traditional vibe, channeling Jimmy Smith and Larry Young, and seems to have nothing to prove — which is the key to this album’s success. Unhurried and uncluttered, tunes like “Slinky” strut along with just enough grace to make you grin — and just enough dirt and funk to make you groove in your chair; “I Don’t Know,” in contrast, is a bittersweet ballad led by mellow guitar and supported by Darren’s floating organ work. Strong jazz from a player to watch. Michael Gallant.

John McBeath

repost from The Australian 21st March 2009
After the popularity of the Hammond organ in the 1950s and '60s, the instrument mostly receded from jazz until its reappearance in the '90s. Sydney organist-composer Darren Heinrich keeps the traditional trio format of organ, guitar and drums for his debut album of original compositions. The tunes vary from the relaxed ballad I Don't Know through bluesy pieces such as Slinky to the bop influences of Easy Autumn. Heinrich uses two different trios here, the first with guitarist Steve Brien and drummer Andrew Dickeson. They open proceedings with Lunar, featuring an empathetic guitar solo and ensemble work while Heinrich's solo strides out powerfully, adding that characteristic Hammond wail from upper register chords. Simon Relf on guitar and drummer Tim Firth feature in the second trio, playing some smart guitar-organ unison passages on Hicksville, where energetic drumming underscores the final theme. The many Hammond fans will welcome this CD, with its satisfying performances of impressive compositions.

John McBeath