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Richard Groove Holmes

Revered in soul-jazz circles, Richard "Groove" Holmes was an unapologetically swinging Jimmy Smith admirer who could effortlessly move from the grittiest of blues to the most sentimental of ballads. Holmes, a very accessible, straightforward and warm player who was especially popular in the black community, had been well respected on the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey circuit by the time he signed with Pacific Jazz in the early '60s and started receiving national attention by recording with such greats as Ben Webster and Gene Ammons. Holmes, best known for his hit 1965 version of "Misty," engaged in some inspired organ battles with Jimmy McGriff in the early '70s before turning to electric keyboards and fusion-ish material a few years later. The organ was Holmes' priority in the mid- to late '80s, when he recorded for Muse (he also had stints throughout his career with Prestige Records and Groove Merchant) . Holmes was still delivering high-quality soul-jazz for Muse (often featuring tenor titan Houston Person) when a heart attack claimed his life at the age of 60 in 1991 after a long struggle with prostrate cancer. He was a musician to the end, playing his last shows in a wheelchair. ~ Alex Henderson & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Welcome Home! Soul Jazz Masters

1. See See Rider

2. Groovin' Time

3. A Bowl Of Soul

4. Mean Old Frisco Blues

5. Roll 'em Pete

6. How Long, How Long Blues

7. Oklahoma Toad

8. Blues For Big Fred

9. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water

10. I'm In The Mood For Love

11. Upward Bound

12. Tobacco Road

13. Sunday Mornin'

14. R.F.K. Flies Home

15. In The Dark

16. Organ Grinder

17. Your Red Wagon

18. 98.6 - Lazy Day

19. The Odd Couple

20. The Madison Time

21. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

22. Please Send Me Someone To Love

23. Night Train

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Track List: On Basie's Bandstand (Live)

1. Back Home Again In Indiana (Live)

2. Moanin' (Live)

3. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Live)

4. Rifftide (Live)

5. This Here (Live)

6. Nica's Dream (Live)

7. Night Train (Live)

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Track List: Timeless Richard 'Groove' Holmes

1. Cheeka's Dance

2. Slo Booze

3. Moon River

4. Everything Must Change

5. Groove's Groove (2010)

6. Minor Inconvenience

7. Ode To Larry Young

8. Katherine

9. Plenty, Plenty Blues

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Track List: Comin' On Home

1. Groovin' For Mr. G

2. Theme From "Love Story"

3. Mr. Clean

4. Down Home Funk

5. Don't Mess With Me

6. Wave

7. This Here (1971)

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Track List: Groovin' With Groove

1. Go Away Little Girl

2. Young And Foolish

3. It's Impossible

4. You've Got It Bad

5. Choo Choo

6. How Insensitive

7. Red Onion

8. No Trouble On The Mountain

9. Meditation

10. Good Vibration

11. It's Gonna Take Sometime

12. Groove's Groove (1994)

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Track List: Blue Groove

1. Get Up And Get It

2. Lee-Ann

3. Body And Soul

4. Broadway

5. Groove's Blues Groove

6. Pennies From Heaven

7. Autumn Leaves

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. Denise

10. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

11. Up Jumped Spring

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Track List: Groove's Groove (Live)

1. Broadway (Live)

2. Hackensack

3. Stella By Starlight

4. Good Vibrations

5. My One And Only Love

6. Plenty, Plenty Blues

7. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

8. Groove's Groove (Live)

9. Where Or When

10. Blues All Day Long

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Track List: Blues All Day Long

1. Blues All Day Long

2. These Foolish Things

3. Killer Joe

4. Cheeka's Dance

5. Minor Inconvenience

6. Groove's Groove

7. Slo Booze

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Track List: Broadway

1. Broadway

2. Everything Must Change

3. Ode To Larry Young

4. Moon River

5. Katherine

6. Plenty, Plenty Blues

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Track List: Dancing In The Sun

1. Misty

2. Dancing In The Sun

3. Calypso Holiday

4. Let's Groove

5. Highway Of Life

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Track List: Star Wars/Close Encounters (Digitally Remastered)

1. Star Wars/Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

2. Carry On Wayward Son

3. You Light Up My Life

4. Gonna Fly Now

5. Nobody Does It Better

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Track List: A Bowl Of Soul

1. A Bowl Of Soul

2. In The Dark

3. How Long, How Long Blues

4. Roll 'em Pete

5. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

6. Night Train

7. R.F.K. Flies Home

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Track List: Living Soul

1. Living Soul

2. Blues For Yna Yna

3. The Girl From Ipanema

4. Gemini

5. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: Soul Message

1. Groove's Groove

2. Dahoud

3. Misty

4. Song For My Father

5. The Things We Did Last Summer

6. Soul Message

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