Groove Holmes – Shippin’ Out

All I knew about this album is that the Beastie Boys had a song called Groove Holmes on their Check Your Head album, and it was a great cut that featured Money Mark Nishita’s organ playing. Along with the fact that Idris Muhammed plays drums on this record, I was intrigued enough to pick this up (also for $4). Organist Richard “Groove” Holmes had been recording since 1961 and recorded this in 1977 at the Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, kicking off with an instrumental rendition of Morris Albert’s Feelings. The rest of the album is pretty tight jazz playing from Dave Schnittner on tenor sax, Steve Giordano on guitar and Muhammed on the drums. Good organ-centered jazz that lives up to the nickname in “Groove” Holmes.