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If Louis Johnson isn’t a household name it’s none too surprising. How many bass players are? But his playing certainly is. He’s one half of the Brothers Johnson who had some hits back in the 1970s with their funky soul with jazz overtones – ‘Strawberry Letter 22’ and ‘Stomp’ maybe dropped onto your radar. But it is as a session player that Louis is best known, or at least the sound he creates with his slap-bass. Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, George Benson’s ‘Give Me The Night’ and Herb Alpert’s Rise’ are just three of his distinctive recordings.
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It was on this day in 1961 that Freddie Hubbard recorded his album Hub Cap and to celebrate we have a playlist of tunes that were all recorded in the month of April. We’ve dug into the vaults to come up with these tunes and there are undoubtedly some that you’ll know but there are a number we’ll wager that will be new to you… These are just some of the albums from which we’ve taken the tracks.
Today in 2002 Shirley Scott passed away. To honour her and the other great exponents of the organ we have created a playlist featuring some of the best known, and not so well known, jazz played on the Hammond B3 in particular. Any idea who that is playing organ with Illinois Jacquet? It got to No.3 on the Billboard R & B chart.
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