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Freddie Roach
Freddie (* 1934) was a soul jazz Hammond B-3 organist born in the Bronx, New York. He was one of a handful of legendary jazz organists that made history in the 1960s, the golden era of the Hammond organ. Roach made his record debut in 1960 with saxophonist Ike Quebec on the albums Heavy Soul and It Might as Well Be Spring and played with Willis Jackson. From 1962-64 he recorded 5 albums as a leader for the Blue Note Records label and also recorded with Donald Byrd on the album I'm Tryin' to Get Home. His Blue Note album Mo' Greens Please is perhaps one of the greatest 10 jazz organ sides ever recorded.
 
Roach's original writing, steady basslines, and highly musical fleet-fingered right hand set him apart. From 1966-67 he recorded three more albums as a leader for Prestige Records, which are in a more commercial vein than his Blue Note dates. He left the music business in 1970 and became involved in theater, playwriting and film. Reportedly, he moved to California to the film industry, where he suffered a heart attack and died in October 1980.
 
Roach was a soulful organist, certainly influenced by Jimmy Smith, but with a distinct sound and a quite original concept, which was perhaps best heard on "Good Move" for Blue Note. His Blue Note albums are critically acclaimed.
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Discography
Heavy Soul
Blue Note ST-84093
recorded November 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Ike Quebec, tenor sax
Freddie Roach, organ
Milt Hinton, bass
Al Harewood, drums
It Might As Well Be Spring
Blue Note ST-84105
recorded December 1961 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Ike Quebec, tenor sax
Freddie Roach, organ
Milt Hinton, bass
Al Harewood, drums
Down To Earth
Blue Note ST-84113
recorded August 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Percy France, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Clarence Johnston, drums
Mo' Greens Please
Blue Note ST-84128
recorded January 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Conrad Lester, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Eddie Wright, guitar
Clarence Johnston, drums
Brown Sugar
Blue Note ST-84168
recorded March 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Joe Henderson, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Eddie Wright, guitar
Clarence Johnston, drums
Good Move
Blue Note ST-84158
recorded December 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Eddie Wright, guitar
Clarence Johnston, drums
All That's Good
Blue Note ST-84190
recorded October 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Conrad Lester, tenor sax
Calvin Newborn, guitar
Clarence Johnston, drums
I'm Tryin' To Get Home
Blue Note ST-84188
recorded November 1964 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Donald Byrd, trumpet, flugelhorn
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Herbie Hancock, piano
Freddie Roach, organ
Grant Green, guitar
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Grady Tate, drums
brass band c/ Coleridge Perkinson
The Soul Book
Prestige 7490
recorded June 1966 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ
Edlin "Buddy" Terry, tenor sax
Vinnie Corrao, guitar
Jackie Mills, drums
Skeeter Best, guitar
Ray Lucas, drums
King Errison, congas
Mocha Motion!
Prestige 7507
recorded January 1967 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Freddie Roach, organ, vocal
Edlin "Buddy" Terry, tenor sax
Vinnie Corrao, guitar
Eddie Gladden, drums
Ralph Dorsey, conga

 
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