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This review is from: The Sound Of 65 (Audio CD)
As a diehard fan of "modern" jazz in early 60's , I first became aware of GB as the standout soloist on Roarin' with Don Rendell . I was familiar with the Hammond B3 via Jimmy Smith et al , had seen Dick H-S as a solo @ local club & had heard of Jack Bruce & Peter (Ginger) Baker as up & coming jazzers. A mate persuaded me to join him on the train to London from our educational establishment in East Anglia to visit somewhere in Soho called The Flamingo to see the GBO in action. When these guys wandered onto the stage - sinister was my impression. Dick is a big guy - flat cap & glasses. Ginger looked extremely annoyed and up for a fight. Jack was deadpan with a thousand yard stare & GB - also quite large - with brushed forward short black hair & Fu Man Chu 'tash exuded a satanic mein (ironic really) . What appears on this LP is but a pale imitation of of the band live. Thunderously loud, aggressive , pulsating, driving, energetic to the max, full blooded driving R&B with more than a Jazz flavour. Hooked instantly ! Bought the LP - still got it but it's worn out. Saw them several times and many other R&B bands - but none came within a light year to GBO for sheer excitement and musicianship- not even Mayall or Zoot. So tragic that GB met the end that he did. What if was still around now??