I went down to The Grove in Leeds to see my friend Martin Longhawn playing in Eirik Svela‘s organ trio (with John Arnesen drumming). When I play with Martin he’s normally doing keys/piano stuff but he’s a pretty expert organ player too, so it was great to see him with a two-banked Nord organ and a real-life Leslie rotating speaker.
It’s a format that guitarists love to play in and you can see why — the walking bass lines have a really mellow ‘blooming’ quality to them and organ’s comping can be really rich and shimmery without too much attack, which provides a really nice background for the more percussive sound of the guitar to sit in. Martin’s left-hand bass playing was very authentic and he and John kept a great feel which Eirik took full advantage of with some really thoughtful playing. Good selection of charts and as usual for the Grove a nice atmosphere. Cool! I’ve put a video of the last tune below.
Tonight at Sela bar there’s another organ trio, again featuring Martin Longhawn, this time with Steve Hanley and led by Aubin Vanns. Definitely worth going.