Juicy Organism is a jazz collective in which the Hammond organ takes centre stage in varying settings and features. Nevertheless, a nitty-gritty trio as the most basic unit provides a steady base throughout.
It’s led by Dutch Hammond organist Jurriaan Leijen, known as “the cat that dug the Smith sound”. Since the spring of ’95 he started to select a number of fine freelance jazz musicians to accompany him and created every required line up possible.
Inspired by the “swinging organ jazz” of well known hard bop organists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, “brother” Jack McDuff and Eddy Buster, they revive that intriguing sound of authentic lounge-live atmosphere so popular in the swinging fifties and sixties.
Besides Focussing on conventional jazz and blues harmonics, Juicy Organism improvises also on modern swing beats. All this totals up to a repertoire with swing, hard bop, blues, bossa nova and so called rare-groove’s that is sure to leave its mark on every kind of live-music enjoying public.
Each set reveals another of Juicy Organism’s myriad possibilities. Whether giving a solo in close-knit arrangements, playing in ensemble or doing the accompaniment in whip up hard bop swing.
Features in Juicy Organism take advantage of the bandstand experiences that all the musicians in juicy Organism have gained as sideman in all kind of performances of many groups and artists.