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Midnight Shuffle

by The Hal Tsuchida Trio

An organ trio with a mixture of blues, popular jazz standard songs, and some originals. It's like 50's and early 60's jazz organ trios, and it's strongly influenced by hard bop.
Genre: Jazz: Hammond Organ
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1. Midnight Shuffle
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2. Broadway
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3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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4. In a Happy Mood
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5. Honeysuckle Rose
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6. Moonlight in Vermont
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7. Blues for Mr. B
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8. Take the A Train
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9. If I Could See You Again
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10. Girl from Ipanema
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11. All Blues
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Album Notes
Hal Tsuchida, jazz and blues pianist, organist, composer, and arranger. He studied jazz piano with Willie Pickens at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). He earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) from DePaul University.

He has performed with many musicians including Billy Branch, Eddie C Campbell, Bo Diddley, Little Arthur Duncan, Phil Guy, Harold Jones, Bob Lark, RJ Mischo, Joe Moss, Nick Moss, Pinetop Perkins, Lynwood Slim, Little Mack Simmons, Junior Watson, and the list goes on.

As a blues pianist, he has been playing with numerous bands. He performed at the Chicago Hope Festival (w/ Bo Diddley & Billy Branch, 2000), the Chicago Blues Festival (w/ Rob Stone, 2002), the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR (w/ Phil Guy, 2002 and w/ Nick Moss, 2002), the Baltimore Blues Festival (w/ Nick Moss, 2002), and several other festivals as well. He recorded the CDs "Got a New Plan" (w/ Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records, 2001), and "Movin' Out" (w/ Chicago Blues Angels, Blue Bella Records, 2001). He has appeared on the Fox Chicago Morning News (w/ Bo Diddley, 2000), and the blues shows Speakin' of the Blues on TV (w/ Arthur Duncan, 2002 and w/ Eomot RaSan, 2003).

As a jazz pianist, he has been playing solo, and with duos, trios, and quartets. He has worked with one of the most respected drummers, Harold Jones. He is an endorsee of Fingerweights.

As a jazz organist, he has learned with Tony Monaco, and he leads his jazz organ trio. He released his first CD "Midnight Shuffle" (2006) with his jazz organ trio. He regularly plays with the George Freeman Trio. He is an endorsee of Hammond Suzuki.

Additional Info from the liner note:

Larry Frazier : Guitar
Larry is a seasoned guitar player and worked with many major jazz musicians including Charles Earland, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Jimmy Smith. In 1960s, he had numerous recordings as a member of Jimmy McGriff Quartet and toured extensively. He is one of the guitarists who knows playing with organ players very well.

Zac Kreuz: Drums
Zac is a versatile drummer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music. He lived in Philadelphia and worked with many major jazz musicians including Shirley Scott and Joey DeFrancesco. He is one of the drummers who is equally comfortable as playing with organ players as he has played with piano players.


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John Book, Music For America

Highly recommended for jazz fans and B-3 fiends
Fans of the Hammond B-3 organ are in a cult that is all their own, and I happen to be a part of that cult. There is something about that sound that can floor you, make you happy, and pull you into the blues and make you cry, give you chicken skin. The B-3 was not made with jazz in mind, but somehow it would be used in jazz to create a very distinctive sound that would also to appeal to musicians in the rock world.

Hal Tsuchida is a traditionalist from the Jimmy Smith school of the B-3, and he continues the traditions with Midnight Shuffle. Smith's style of playing owed a lot to the blues and gospel, in fact the B-3's use in churches is what made the sound appealing to many. Tsuchida moved to Chicago from Japan to immerse himself in the blues in order to learn, and those lessons have made him a musician not to be messed with. The album, credit to The Hal Tsuchida Trio, features Larry Frazier on guitar and Zack Kreuz on drums, so in the studio you have three generations of jazz playing for the sake of making great music. Tsuchida is in fine form throughout, showing off his capabilities in original pieces such as "Blues For Mr. B" and "If I Could See You Again", and updating old standards such as "Take The A Train" and "Girl From Ipanema" into updated treasures. Tsuchida's playing can be very smooth, but then he'll pull on the heartstrings and start playing as if the spirit had taken him over, and he knows how to pull back when it might be too strong for the song. When that happens, at times it is guitarist Frazier who helps take things home. There are a few songs where Frazier obviously steals the show, he may say otherwise but there's a sense Tsuchida knows what's going on and let's him capture the moment, and it's nice to hear and "observe" (or assume) from afar. Perhaps this is why Frazier was used, for he almost plays like an organist, and has a sense of when to get into it, when to flourish, and when to create space. This isn't to take away from Zack Kreuz either, who can easily play with the style of Roy Haynes while defining his own way of playing and following Tsuchida and Frazier. When Tsuchida gets into a solo and starts taking things to a new alleyway, Kreuz will play as if to say "I'll come along, but check this out". An overall fine performance from these three men, highly recommended for any B-3 fiends.