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Top 10 Jazz Organ Trios

Pat Bianchi

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Jimmy Smith/Kenny Burrell 

Organ Grinders Swing – Verve Records. Thought of by many as “THE” organ trio record. These musicians set the bar for all organ trios in my opinion. There was a musical “yin-yang” between Smith and Burrell therefore it works perfectly and their playing truly complimented each other.


Dr. Lonnie Smith/Jonathan Kreisberg

All In My Mind – Blue Note Records. Dr. Lonnie Smith has always pushed the boundaries of the Hammond organ. When he brought Jonathan Kreisberg into his trio, that widened the palette of this group. Both are very sensitive to the sonic possibilities creating almost hypnotic vibes. The sense of dynamics and of course their impeccable timing takes everything to another level. 


Charles Earland/Melvin Sparks

Cookin With The Mighty Burner – High Note Records. There was a reason Earland was called the mighty burner and to my ears, Melvin Sparks matches him in every way. The intent, drive, and sheer power both of these musicians bring to the bandstand elevates everyone around them.

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