Steeped in gospel grace and rib-joint grease, the characteristic sound of the Hammond organ has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Hip-hoppers, jam bands and modern rockers in search of musical authenticity have all embraced the instrument's buttery purr, percussive snap and sanctified scream, fostering a new appreciation for the old wooden behemoths that momentarily fell out of favor with the rise of cheap synthesizers in the '80s. In jazz, reigning organ king Jimmy Smith -- now well into his seventies -- has soldiered on even as colleagues such as Jack McDuff and Richard "Groove" Holmes have passed away. And though the famously egotistical Smith may not be quite ready to pass along his crown to a younger musician, fellow... More >>>