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Lost River Jams

by Jeremy Baum

Veteran blues sideman and session player Jeremy Baum offers 11 tracks of funky Hammond B3, groovy soul-jazz, latin rock, blues and Gospel music - this is food for your soul!
Genre: Jazz: Hammond Organ
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1. Take a Walk
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2. Liberty Street
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3. Oasis Jam
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4. Goin' Home
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5. Stoopid
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6. Jb Shuffle
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7. Bill Showed Up
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8. Rock Me Baby
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9. Taphouse Groove
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10. Autumn Leaves
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11. Amazing Grace
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Review Quotes:

Both traditional and trailblazing...Highly recommended.
***Blues Review Magazine, Jan 2005

In an age where clothes and plastic surgery appear to count more than musical ability, this record harks back to a time when it was all about the music.
***New York Blues and Jazz Society, by Roger Z, 2004

Baum's playing has a deep funk to it, with a big influence of Jimmy Smith. And Baum also brings in all kinds of other things as well - dissonant jazz, alternative rock, R&B. He's not too far off from what John Medeski does with Medeski, Martin and Wood, but with more of a blues streak to it.
***Jim Trageser. Escondido, Calif. © 2003 Turbula.net

Groove, groove, groove. That's what Jeremy Baum's really about. Simple, tight, clean, funky pockets build around catchy, bluesy riffs. "Lost River Jams" captures the classic organ trio sound and distinctively updates it with a potpourri of blues, jazz, R&B, Latin, and a touch of dissonance.
Rooted in the Blues...
***Blues on Stage, Gordon Baxter Feb 2003

Baum's funky originals open with catchy hooks that stick in your head for days.
***Chronogram, Wavy Davy, Dec 2002

A talented player who knows the intricacies of the organ as well as players twice his age.
***Gilles "B3gROovE" Bacon, 12/21/2002

The Jeremy Baum Trio
Jeremy Baum plays the Hammond Organ and leads his own trio, which is rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 60s (think Booker T and the Mg's, the Meters, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff!) Jeremy's debut Lost River Jams is available on Flying Yak Records. JB's band was also featured on Boogaloo to McDuff, a tribute to Jack McDuff - available on Scufflin' Records. His second full length album The Eel will be available in the Fall of 2013 on Flying Yak Records.

Sideman Work:
Over the years Jeremy has been a successful side-man, doing freelance work for MANY different artists, touring or recording with Shemekia Copeland, Levon Helm, the North Mississippi Allstars, John Hammond Jr., Jim Weider, Melvin Sparks, Bill Perry, Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, Gil Paris, Chris O'Leary, Vance Gilbert, Slam Allen, Murali Coryell, and many more (including the Bruce Springsteen approved tribute band 'Bruce in the USA'!) Jeremy was also an original member as well as pianist, composer, and arranger for the popular Hudson Valley based Latin band Soñando.
Jeremy has played in nearly every state in the USA, in over 20 countries in North America, Europe and Aisa, at countless music festivals, at Carnegie Hall and many television appearances including Late Night with David Letterman!

Endorsements:
Jeremy is a featured artist endorsee on the Hammond USA website and uses the Hammond XK3c organ and Leslie 3300 Rotary Speaker. Jeremy also endorses the KORG SV-1 keyboard.

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Mike

wow!
Wonderful Cd...Beautiful sounds...FANTASTIC!!
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Gilles "B3gROovE" Bacon 12/21/2002

Variety is the spice of life!
Given my need for variety, it's rare that the debut release of a young Jazz organ player can make into my high-rotation selection. Jeremy Baum's Lost River Jams is one of these rare debuts. A talented player who knows the intricacies of the organ as well as players twice his age, Jeremy gives us a great selection of seven memorable originals and four interesting covers. Accompanied by veteran sidemen, Jeremy tears through the funky "Take A Walk" and "Oasis Jam", rips through the swingin' "JB Shuffle" and "Liberty Street" which includes some great Wes-influenced guitar work, and burns through the bluesy "Goin' Home" as well as "Amazing Grace". We are also treated to a rockin' bluesy vocal cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" with Bill Perry on vocals, and a seriously swingin' Latin treatment of "Autumn Leaves". Solid guitar and drum work on all the numbers; Jeremy gives up the bass work on only two tracks, but never his fine song writing talent.

All I can say, B3 fans, is if you're looking for variety and great music, go find Lost River Jams!
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Gordon Baxter, February 2003

has his roots in the blues...
Native New Yorker Jeremy Baum has his roots in the blues, having played with his own blues band as well as working alongside Richie Havens and Ronnie Earl. He has also worked as a session musician (including the Band), but since 1997 has been fronting his own trio. Their debut "Lost River Jams" has now been released on Flying Yak.
Baum plays a cut down Hammond B-2, and it is the familiar Hammond sound that dominates the album. This all starts with the easy going relaxed groove of "Take A Walk," which sets the mood for much of what is to follow. Although rooted in the blues, the trio (organ, guitar and drums) also incorporate other elements into their sound. On "Liberty Street," for example, where the basic trio is augmented by Malcolm Gold (bass), they successfully venture into Latin territory. This memorable tune has shades of Santana about it in places.
After hinting at New Orleans funk on "Oasis Jam," the band get around to more bluesy stuff on "Goin' Home." It is a slower number, with Chris Vitarello's guitar much more to the fore, and baum doubling up on piano. The bluesier influences shine through in other places too, on "JB Shuffle" (with Buddy Allen on sax), "Rock Me Baby" where Bill Perry plays lead and takes the vocals--Perry also appears to get a name check on "Bill Showed Up". The strongest blues content comes through on the closing version of "Amazing Grace," however. Like the other covers here, it is given the Baum treatment, and Vitarello gives a particularly good account of himself on this one to round things off.
If you are not a fan of the Hammond Organ sound, then you should steer clear of "Lost River Jams." Those who love it (i.e. fans of the likes of Jimmies Smith and McGriff, Jack McDuff and so on) will find "lost River Jams" to their liking. The tightness of the trio, which allows them to just go into the studio and make music, gives the music a free-flowing feel. It all makes "Lost River Jams" a nice way to unwind at the end of the day.
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frank migliorelli

the only organ player that matters.....
This album shows why jb is the only organ player around who matters- he's got the feel, the groove and the right amount of dirt. there just isn't anyone out ther as smooth and he's done a great job capturing what he does best. buy this disc.
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Jim Trageser

A bluer shade of organ
Jeremy Baum first came to our attention playing some mean organ on an album by blues guitarist Sue Foley a few years back. Turned out he's played with plenty of other heavyweights, too – folks like The Band and Ronnie Earl. Among others.
So when he sent Turbula a copy of his first solo album, it got played right away. And frequently after, as well.
Trying to describe it, however, was a bit more difficult than digging it. And so it sat for awhile after he we first got it, unreviewed.
Baum's playing has a deep funk to it, with a big influence of Jimmy Smith. But there's more of a straight-ahead blues sensibility than Smith has. And Baum also brings in all kinds of other things as well – dissonant jazz, alternative rock, r&b. He's not too far off from what John Medeski does with Medeski, Martin and Wood, but with more of a blues streak to it.
Most of the songs are originals from Baum, and all have a certain timelessness to them – they're the kind of seemingly simple riffs that the Basie band's arrangers and composers used to be able to turn out on the spot, but then stick in your head forever. The opening track, "Take a Walk," has a kind of Charlie Hunter groove to it; "Goin' Home" is an old-school, '70s rock anthem with a luscious melodic hook. And guitarist Tony Velez's "Liberty Street" is a Latin blues – a seamless, utterly charming Latin blues.
Baum has a crack band surrounding him on this album; Chris Vitarello has as rhythmically based technique on guitar as you'll hear, while Ernesto "Ernie" Colón sets a smoothly rippling foundation on drums. Guest guitarist/singer Bill Perry takes lead on a simmering cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," while Velez's lead on the tres guitar helps turn "Autumn Leaves" into an uptempo fusion piece.
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Wavy Davy

...a funky caftan woven for anyone to enjoy.
Chronogram. Arts, Culture, Spirit. December 2002.
CD Reviews.


Keyboardist Jeremy Baum is one of the area’s busiest musicians. He pounds out relentless double-octaves on stage with Soñando. On his cut-down Hammond B-2 organ he tours nationally with The Honky Tonk Gurus, Debbie Davis, and Bill Perry. With his own trio, Baum tears it up nightly from Katonah to Kingston. On his long-awaited solo debut Lost River Jams, he rewards the faithful and sprouts new fans with an irresistible blend of low-down funk, blues shuffle, and Latin surprises.
Baum’s funky originals open with catchy hooks that stick in your head for days. “Take a Walk,” “Stoopid”, and “Oasis Jam” feature Baum or guitarist Chris V. laying down the riff until the ensemble drops in seamlessly. These tracks best capture the group’s live sound, complete with fiery solos shortened just a bit for the recorded versions.

The album beautifully displays the trio’s expansive musical diversity. “The JB Shuffle” swings along in tribute to vintage organ jazz, with Buddy Allen sliding in on tenor sax. On “Goin’ Home,” Baum switches to piano for this warm original ballad. Their version of “Amazing Grace,” as arranged by Baum and Chris V., is practically inspirational. And bluesman Bill Perry, who adds blazing guitar to several tracks, lays down dusky vocals on B.B. King’s classic “Rock Me Baby.”

If that’s not enough, Baum includes several Latin tracks, including “Liberty Street,” a lovely Tony Velez original. (In Soñando, Velez plays tres, the 3/4-size guitar that is a trademark of Spanish music.) For “Liberty Street” Velez plays guitar but returns to tres for “Autumn Leaves,” the Jacques Prevert/Johnny Mercer standard, done here as an upbeat jazz mambo. Drummer Ernie Colon (Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers) is rock-solid from start to finish, on top of every beat no matter what style. And Baum, a generous bandleader, ends up giving each soloist plenty of room.

Lost River Jams feels like the rhythm of life—a funky caftan woven for anyone to enjoy. Just put it on, and groove.



—Wavy Davy
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Roger Z, New York Blues and Jazz Society

Tight. Clean. Funky.
Groove, groove, groove. That's what Jeremy Baum's really about. Simple, tight, clean, funky pockets build around catchy, bluesy riffs. "Lost River Jams" on Flying Yak Records (FY10002) captures the classic organ trio sound and distinctively updates it with a potpourri of blues, jazz, r&b, latin, and a touch of dissonance. Jeremy is no stranger to the music scene having played keyboards with such notables as Richie Havens, Ronnie Earl, and The Band. For most of the album, the trio is magically rounded out by the tasty, subtle, jazz-flavored guitar playing of Chris Vitarello on guitar and the precise, latin-inflected drumming of Ernesto "Ernie" Colon. Additional players include Tony Velez on guitar, blues powerhouse Bill Perry on guitar, Malcolm Gold on bass, and Buddy Allen on tenor sax.
KISS (keep it simple stupid). That's the old Army maxim and it works to a "T" here. Like the jazz records of the 60's, each tune (mostly written by Jeremy) starts with the head and quickly descends into some tasty soloing.
1. "Take a Walk" has got the feel of The Meter's "Cissy Strut". A great album kickoff.
2. "Liberty Street", written by Tony Velez, has a classic latin feel and features an octave driven guitar melody played by the composer.
3. "Oasis Jam" is a simple r&b breakdown featuring a tasty organ romp and some deep, jazz-inflected soloing by Chris V.
4. "Goin' Home" is one of the album standouts. It's a simmering, r&b ballad with a down-home gospel melody, featuring Jeremy on the piano and some on-fire guitar playing by Chris.
5. "Stoopid" is a mid-tempo funk workout built on a simple bass riff.
6. And now for the requisite "JB Shuffle" featuring Buddy Allen on tenor sax.
7. One of two cuts featuring blues great Bill Perry, "Bill Showed Up" is a latin tinged groove featuring an unusual melody and some fiery guitary playing by both Bill and Chris V.
8. For me, the standout cut is the old B.B. King chestnut, "Rock Me Baby". It's given an updated chord progression and an out of this world depth and passion by Bill Perry's searing guitar and vocals.
9. The title of "Taphouse Groove" is an homage to a local blues club called The Taphouse in Bedford Hills, NY. Built on a lick very similar to "Satin Doll", this song is made special by the many stops and spaces in the arrangement.
10. "Autumn Leaves" is given the "Tequila" arrangement. So unique and different, I didn't even recognize this classic at first. A beautiful, driving latin-jazz vehicle for some powerful blowing. Outstanding drumming
11. The traditional "Amazing Grace" is given a blues "makeover" by Chris V. Amazing.
Overall, a very tasty record indeed. In an age where clothes and plastic surgery appear to count more than musical ability, this record harks back to a time when it was all about the music.
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Blues Revue, Dec/Jan 2005 issue (Tom Hyslop)

Highly Recommended!
We end this column the way it started, with Hammond organ excellence. Organ trio mastermind Jeremy Baum hits all corners of maps both traditional and trailblazing, with tunes ranging from Latin arrangements ("Liberty Street") to Booker T. soul ("Oasis Jam"), Jimmy Smith swing ("JB Shuffle") to jazz-rock funk ("Bill Showed Up"), blues ("Rock Me"), and spirituals ("Amazing Grace"). His tone and technique are superb, his core band (drummer Ernie Colon and guitarist Chris Vitarello) is empeccable, and his guests - especially Bill Perry on guitar - make LOST RIVER JAMS (Flying Yak 10002) a real find. Feel and sonics are perfect across the board.
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Graham Clarke

superb.
The recent death of Jimmy Smith has returned attention to one of the most underrated instruments in blues today, the Hammond B-3 organ. With Smith's death and Jimmy McGriff ailing, there are only a few practitioners of the instrument still circulating that still dabble in Blues and R&B (Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Medeski, Art Neville, among others). New Yorker Jeremy Baum has added his name to the list with the superb Lost River Jams (Flying Yak Records). Like most modern B-3 players, Baum is influenced by Smith (proven by the opening track, "Take A Walk" and "JB Shuffle"), but there are also traces of Booker T. and the Meters in his sound as well (as heard on "Oasis Jam" and "Stoopid"). In addition to playing with a wide range of artists (including Debbie Davies, Joe Louis Walker, Shemekia Copeland, Sue Foley, and Richie Havens) Baum played for a couple of years in Bill Perry's band. Perry returns the favor by appearing on three tracks, the funky "Bill Showed Up," "Stoopid" (which sounds like an outtake from a Meters session), and the Blues chestnut, "Rock Me Baby," where he contributes guitar and vocals. There are also a few nods to jazz territory with the Latin-accented "Liberty Street," "Taphouse Groove" and the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves." Baum closes out the album with a moving version of "Amazing Grace." Nine of the ten tracks are instrumental and all feature the core trio of Baum on organ, Chris Vitarello on guitar, and Ernie Colón on drums, who sound great together. Fans of the B-3 will want to get their hands on this one.
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George A. Fletcher

The CD is saturated with deep in-the-pocket grooves~
Rhythmand News.com.
Music News, Reviews and Interviews.
Nov 1, 2002.

Few cats on the region’s scene have made more guest appearances on other folks’ CDs than B-3 wiz Jeremy Baum. Maybe that’s why it took him so long to get his own CD out there – he was too busy.

And it comes out right on time, this gem of a solo effort, “Lost River Jams.”

Recorded at Mel Pascal’s Lost River Studio in Wingdale, “...Jams” does a nice job showcasing Baum’s chops and writing, arranging and producing skills, as well as those of his extended band – guitarists, Chris Vitarello, Tony Velez and Bill Perry, drummer/percussionist, Ernie Colon, bassist Malcolm Gold, and saxophonist Buddy Allen. The recording allowed ample solo time for everybody.

Recorded in two sessions in February and March of this year, the CD is saturated with deep in-the-pocket grooves with a little bit of blues, jazz, latin, Gospel, funk and soul.

Baum originals such as “Take A Walk,” “Oasis Jam,” “Stoopid” and “Taphouse Groove” feature not only memorable grooves, but serve as well-executed studies in ensemble playing. Each player brings his own virtuosity to each position, but never does one player step outside his role onto the toes of another.

The CD’s lone vocal track features Blind Pig recording artist Bill Perry leading the group through a totally reworked “Rock Me Baby,” giving new life to the well-worn B.B.King classic.

The core trio’s (Baum, Vitarello, Colon) Gospel/blues treatment of “Amazing Grace” makes for a fine ending to a fine album.
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