Welcome again to the groovy railway of soul: Hammond Express. A few years away since their debut album “Rendez-Vous” (Scenario Music), the italian organ funk combo is back with “Another Steppin’ Soul” (IRMA La Douce), a convoy full of hammond dirty jazz, soundtrack vintage themes and a strong mod attitude. Originally a trio led by organist Francesco Gazzara, Hammond Express is not (only) late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s soul paraphernalia fetish, but also an open invitation to the dancefloor – bring on your dancing shoes and talcum powder though – , a call to lounge aperitifs, mod parties and soul allnighters. “Another Steppin’ Soul” is a tribute to northern and motown soul, with many classics from The Tams, Booker T. & The MG’s, Four Tops, The Millionaires, The Supremes, Judy Street, Curtis Mayfield. Picture yourself dancing – on the same night – to renditions of soul gems like “Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy”, “What”, “Never For Me” or “Move On Up”, all played live by an organ trio with vocal, horns and percussive guests. But that’s not all, Hammond Express new album also includes some “007” themes by John Barry, like “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever”, and also a funky instrumental cover of “Nobody Does It Better” (from “007 The Spy Who Loved Me”) arranged in the style of great organist Richard “Groove” Holmes.
Organ & Keyboards: Francesco Gazzara – Bass: Massimo “Sir Blofeld” Sanna – Drums: Giuliano Ferrari – Vocals: Lily Latuheru – Flute, baritone and tenor sax: Dario Cecchini – Percussion: Mirtao