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Gene Ludwig
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Live in Las Vegas We at Blues Leaf are saddened by the passing of our longtime recording artist, Gene Ludwig. We've had the pleasure of recording 5 cds with Gene. Besides being a great organist, he was a truly fine and gentle human being. He will be sorely missed but his music will always live on. Joe Morabia and the Blues Leaf Family... July 15, 2010 Gene Ludwig Obituary:                                                                          http://post-gazette.com/pg/10197/1073085-122.stm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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, coordinating 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. 

Yes, Jimmy, times are rough, man. Yes, Ms. Scott, let my soul ache a while, won’t you. Yeah, Brother McDuff, I’m a little blue, today. Yes, Big John, you know what I’m talkin’ about. Yeah, Gene, take me with you. Yes, yes, yes!  Academics call this “soul-jazz.”  Fans call it good music. Gene Ludwig calls it a career, a life’s work.

Playing the organ since 1958, Ludwig’s craft is an ongoing admiration of masters who came before, of traditions, of truth. On this album, produced by longtime associate Jack Kreisberg, as with Ludwig’s other recordings, the names, the memories, the stories and the songs of the great trailblazers abound. The playlist reads familiar enough, with well-worn tales of love, sorrow and hope: “Love for Sale,” “Just Friends,” “Flamingo,” “The Preacher,” “Well, You Needn’t,” “Gentle Rain,” “Portrait of Jennie,” “I’ve Found a New Baby.”

With the stout support of guitarist Joe Lano, drummer Tommy Check and special guest, Emedin Rivera on percussion, the music comes clean and straight, mad with swing, pure in logic. Explaining it with words gets academic and dry. We’ll let Gene explain it, let him take us on the ride. It’s good music. Yes. 
- Germein Linares, Managing Editor,
  All About Jazz Los Angeles/Bay Area/Chicago

1. Love For Sale (9:04)  2. Just Friends (7:30)   3. Flamingo (9:12) 
4. The Preacher (7:30)  5. Well You Needn’t (7:13)   6. Gentle Rain (8:15) 
 7. Portrait of Jennie (9:01)   8. I’ve Found A New Baby (7:31)



Hands On
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NEW RELEASE | Gene Ludwig, Hands OnGene Ludwig has been called the country's most passionate exponents of Jazz Organ. JAZZIZ hailed him as the "finest mainstream jazz organ player alive." "Hands On" the follow up to his critically acclaimed “The Groove ORGANization" teams Gene up with some of Pittsburgh's finest jazz musicians: Gene Ludwig (Hammond B-3 organ), Eric DeFade (tenor saxophone), Ken Karsh (guitar), and Tom Wendt on drums. This cd confirms the fact that Gene Ludwig keeps his "Hands On" his organ! Recorded at Stargate Studios, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The Groove ORGANization Buy Now

Gene Ludwig, The Groove OrganizationLast May, Jazziz magazine declared that Gene Ludwig "may be the finest mainstream jazz organ player alive." In 1957 the Pittsburgh native and then-pianist, inspired by organ pioneer Jimmy Smith, decided to take up the Hammond B-3. Since then he has worked with jazz giants like guitarists Pat Martino and Jerry Bird, saxophone master Sonny Stitt, and singer Arthur Prysock, building a solid reputation as a "musician's musician." Gene has recorded two previous CDs for Blues Leaf, Back on the Track and Soul Serenade, and appears on the new Red Holloway/Plas Johnson Milestone release, Keep That Groove Going! Equally at home with r&b and straight-ahead jazz, guitarist Bob DeVos knows how to compliment the Hammond B-3, having appeared and recorded alongside such organ masters as Charles "The Mighty Burner" Earland, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jimmy McGriff. He's also worked with saxophonists Sonny Stitt, Stanley Turrentine, David "Fathead" Newman, and Houston Person, and singers Etta Jones and Irene Reid, among many others. Drummer Billy James spent the decade of the '60s performing in various combo settings with the great organist Don Patterson. He arrived on the jazz scene in the mid-1950s with Lionel Hampton, and has been the "drummer of choice" for some of the toughest tenors in the business: Booker Ervin, James Moody, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie Harris, and Houston Person. - Bob Bernotas, Jazz journalist, New York City

1. CHITLINS CON CARNE [5:45] (Tyrone G. Smith, Phenomena Music - BMI) 2. ONE MINT JULEP [8:10] (Rudolph Toombs, Regent Music Corp./Unichapppell Music - BMI) 3. STEP LIGHTLY [6:15] (Joe Henderson, EMI Unart Catalog - BMI) 4. MOOD INDIGO [6:10] (Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard/Irving Mills, Duke Ellington Music/EMI Mills Music/ Indigo Mood - ASCAP) 5. PAUSE FOR FRED'S CLAWS [4:46] (Bob DeVos, Devious Music - BMI) 6. BILLIE'S BOUNCE [5:39] (Charlie Parker, Atlantic Music Corp. - BMI) 7. SUGAR [7:26] (Stanley Turrentine, La Place Music - BMI) 8. ALL BLUES [5:59] (Miles Davis, Jazz Horn Music Corp./ Sony/ATV Songs - BMI) 9. YOU'VE CHANGED [9:06] (Bill Carey/Carl Fischer, Southern Music Publishing - ASCAP) 10. IT'S YOU OR NO ONE [5:12] (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn, Producers Music Publishing/Remick Music Corp. - ASCAP)


Soul Serenade
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Gene Ludwig, Soul Serenade"As always, Gene Ludwig's playing is as powerful as you can get! ...My own personal feelings about Ludwig as a major player go as far back as the early 1960's when we coled a great organ trio including Randy Gillespie on drums. On Soul Serenade, his playing is stronger than ever and keeps on growing!" - Pat Martino "Gene always plays the organ like it's supposed to be played.. He's a fine player and does it the correct way! - Dr. Lonnie Smith "Gene's hung in there like the rest of us have. He's a very good player, a good-hearted guy, and the man can play!" - Jimmy McGriff "We've been playing together for years and years... A nice fella and he's a good musician!" - Jack McDuff

1/ DUFF'S BLUES 2/ FREDDIE THE FREELOADER 3/ PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE 4/ SOUL SERENADE 5/ REJOICIN' 6/ YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS 7/ ONAMISTY NIGHT 8/ MY SHINING HOUR


Back On The Track Buy Now

Gene Ludwig, Back on the Track Legendary organist from Pittsburgh makes a dynamic comeback for his first solo effort in over 10 years. Gene could be heard on Sonny Stitts records and numerous recordings on his own. He toured with artists such as Arthur Prysock, Pat Martino, Lou Donaldson to name a few. Gene continues to be one of the country's most passionate exponents of the Hammond B3 Organ. “I rock and groove to every beat of Gene's organ...”- Bubba Hamilton, Blues Turtle News “Ludwig is not a showy player, preferring to phrase in tasteful, smooth and sturdy fashion to keep the session steadily grooving. All of his sidekicks are pros, especially Janflone, whose guitar solos are superb throughout. This appropriately titled and highly recommended album should please B-3 fans and deserves to thrust Ludwig into the national spotlight again.”- Nancy Ann Lee, CDNOW Music Store. “As always, Gene Ludwig's playing is as powerful as you can get! ...My own personal feelings about Ludwig as a major player go as far back as the early 1960's when we coled a great organ trio including Randy Gillespie on drums. On Soul Serenade , his playing is stronger than ever and keeps on growing!” - Pat Martino “Gene always plays the organ like it's supposed to be played.. He's a fine player and does it the correct way!” - Dr. Lonnie Smith “Gene's hung in there like the rest of us have. He's a very good player, a good-hearted guy, and the man can play!” - Jimmy McGriff “We've been playing together for years and years... A nice fella and he's a good musician!” - Jack McDuff

1/ In Walked Bud 2/ Memphis Underground 3/ For Lena and Lenny 4/ River's Invitgation 5/ Back on the Track 6/ Triste 7/ The First String 8/ At Last 9/ Papa Gee 10/ Brik's Works





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