Eric Michaels Organ Trio | Somethin' Blue

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Somethin' Blue

by Eric Michaels Organ Trio

Gritty and smooth, edgy yet melodic, the soulful bluesy jazz-rock compositions of the Eric Michaels Organ Trio are uniquely memorable because they are enhanced by an instrument that transcends generations -- the Hammond B-3 Organ.
Genre: Jazz: Hammond Organ
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1. Satisfied Tonight
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2. Don't Forget To Smile
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3. Love The Life I Live
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4. Take A Look Around
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5. Somethin' Blue
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6. Milestones
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7. Second Look
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8. At Last
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9. One By One
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10. Hit The Road Jack
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Gritty and smooth, edgy yet melodic, the soulful bluesy jazz-rock compositions of the Eric Michaels Organ Trio are uniquely memorable because they are enhanced by an instrument that transcends generations -- the Hammond B-3 Organ. From humble church prayer songs, to the sepia-tinted-postcard nostalgia of the late 40's and 50's dance halls, roller rinks, and live radio shows, through the 60's rock era and into the 70's disco clubs, the Hammond organ's sound has never faltered or changed. It doesn't matter whether the music is Gospel, Blues, Country-Western, Rock, Jazz, or Hip-Hop, virtually every musical genre has accepted this instrument with open arms.
 
It was the sheer complexity of the instrument that attracted the attention of a teenaged Eric Michaels, a native Chicagoan born into a musically -- minded family. His fascination began while hoping to catch the latest pop hit on the radio, when he heard an incredible sound instead. It was "Misty" being played by Richard "Groove" Holmes on the Hammond B-3. Eric was captivated to say the least. His investigation for the sound led him to a small club on Wells Street (no longer there) called "The Hungry Eye." Although too young to enter the establishment, he had a perfect view through the window and could clearly see the backside of the organ. He was astonished by the organist physical coordination - playing bass with his left hand and feet on the bass pedals, while simultaneously using the upper keyboard to play melodies and improvisations. "I couldn't take my eyes off the organ player.", says Eric in awe. "It was like watching a pilot handling the controls in the cockpit of a jet airliner" he says. He knew he had to learn how to fly that plane.
 
As Eric's passion for uncovering the organ's secrets evolved, so did his experience, and "chops." Inspiration came from legends like: Jimmy Smith, "Brother" Jack McDuff, "Groove" Holmes, Ray Charles; even pop artists like: Brian Auger, Stevie Winwood, Keith Emerson and the one and only Joey DeFrancesco. The list goes on forever. There isn't enough space here to describe Eric's colorful music career in detail, but it's a great ride and it's taking a new spin with his new CD, which blends Jazz, Blues, R&B and Rock into some totally unique and diverse sounds.
 
Beverley O'Connor (Bullseye Magazine & Freelance writer)


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Sharon

Somethin' Blue
FABULOUS! A lifetime in the making! Several songs with music&lyrics written by Eric Michaels. Eric's *love affair* with the Hammond B3 Organ, jazz & blues reaches perfection with his original pieces as well as with his rendition of Etta's *AT LAST*! Great guitar work by Ken Zemanek and daring drums by Harold Morrison. JUST LOVE IT ALL!

michelle ortega

awesome album
this is the best album ever by a paul mccartney dude.....eric u rock!!!!

Doug Couture

Musician/songwriter
A wonderful musical journey of Jazz, R&B, Blues and Rock, that leaves the listener wanting more! Eric is an unbelievable talent on the B3 Hammond organ! With a voice, hands, and feet to command the band of talent that consists of: Ken Zemanek on guitar, and Harold Morrision on the drum kit! Great original songs, and a good choice of standards! If you buy the CD and love it, I recommend that you see it live if you are in the Chicago area! "Somethin Blue" is SOMETHING GREAT!