"Louie and Jazz" by Gene Ludwig
About the Album
Composed by Gene Ludwig, in memory of his two cats, Louie and Jasmine.
"Tradition, the handing down of customs, beliefs and stories from
generation to generation, runs especially strong among jazz
organists. They are a select crew, after all, piloting Jazz' Spruce
Goose, the technically marvelous Hammond B-3 organ, through the
turbulence of time and popular taste. It's no easy feat, of course,
co-ordinating hands and feet, keys and pedals with mind and spirit.
It's no secret either that, when done right, the Hammond beast soars
like nothing else. Its twists and turns, jives and grooves, speak,
communicate and resonate with you. Academics call this 'soul-jazz.'
Fans call it good music. Gene Ludwig calls it a career, a life's
work. Playing organ since 1958, Ludwig's craft is an ongoing
admiration of masters who came before, of traditions, of truth.
Explaining it with words gets academic and dry. We'll let Gene
explain it, let him take us on the ride."
-Germein Linares, All About Jazz
January 10, 2008