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Joe Bucci Trio

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Joe Bucci

Born: August 9th, 1927 Passed: September 30th, 2008

Wild About Basie!

He achieved great admiration and respect as one of the greatest jazz organist. Here’s what Capitol Records had to say about Joe Bucci on his album, “Wild About Basie!”;

Joe Bucci, the brilliant young organist who makes his Capitol album debut here is one of the finest exponents of jazz Hammond around these days, and that’s an opinion set forth by no less an authority than the great Count Basie, himself an enthusiastic Bucci booster.

He was first impressed when he heard the Massachusetts-born organist at a 1961 jazz concert that featured Bucci along with the mighty Basie Band. This led to an engagement in The Count’s own New York night club, where the Bucci Duo, which also includes drummer Joe Riddick, more than justified Basie’s faith by packing-in the patrons night after night, during a sensational four-week stay.

The crowd’s response there, and later at the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival, convinced Mr. Basie that he was far from alone in his estimation of Bucci’s talent. Hearing Joe Bucci’s approach to jazz makes it quite easy to understand his special appeal for those who dig big-band swing. A long-time fan of the driving Basie Band, Bucci amazingly applies the same forceful style to the Hammond.

Listen especially for Joe’s remarkable work on the organ’s foot pedals, as he creates a rocking bass line that combines with Riddick’s tasteful drumming to stimulate a full, big-band rhythm section. The result is a superbly-swinging double-play combination .

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