1. Dropped Third Strike (Michael Kocour) - 4:38
2. Chunky (Michael Kocour) - 5:46
3. Da Good Stuff (Eric Schneider) - 4:45
4. Tenderly (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) - 5:39
5. Huffininpuffin (Michael Kocour) - 7:48
6. Collapso (Bruce Forman) - 4:11
7. Girl Talk (Neal Hefti, Bobby Troup) - 6:16
8. Spiffy (Michael Kocour) - 5:05
9. Monk’s Hayride (Bruce Forman) - 6:52
Total Time= 51:00
Release Date: 10/26/15
Indeed this has been a very busy year! For my third release of 2015 I've chosen to revisit my musical roots at the Hammond B3 with a handpicked group of my favorite musicians from around the country on Spiffy. With hard-swinging tunes presented in the tradition of jazz organ legends such as Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and Don Patterson, the music on this CD will resonate with those who know and love the grooving and soulful sound of the Hammond B3 organ and it's rich musical jazz legacy.
I'm joined here by Dom Moio, a former east-coast drummer who had found his way to Reno, Nevada in the 1970s, and then to Phoenix, Arizona in the late 80s. A participant on more than 65 albums over the years, Moio is on the faculty at Arizona State University and has made his name as an influential educator as well.
On guitar is Bruce Forman, the California-based guitarist who, since the 1980s, has built a reputation for his fearless embrace of the hard-bop tradition and his concomitant devotion to breaking that mold – as with his nouveau Western-swing band Cow Bop, which has recorded several of the nearly 20 albums under his own name.
I've known the ebullient Chicago reedman Eric Schneider for 30-odd years, and his inclusion in this quartet offers a welcome introduction for many listeners outside the Windy City. Eric is a virtuosic student of swing and bop and performs with unimaginable energy and power.
Michael Kocour, Hammond B3 organ
Bruce Forman, guitar
Dom Moio, drums
Eric Schneider, alto and tenor saxophone
Recorded and mixed by Clarke Rigsby, Tempest Recording
Mastered by Nathan James, Vault Mastering Studios
Photography: Michael Woodall, Mary Ann Kinsman
Designed by Tony Amato, amato image Design
Liner Notes: Neil Tesser