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The Toronto Sessions

by 2B3

Two of the finest B3 players in the world facing off in an old fashioned 'cutting session'. Doug Riley (Ray Charles) and Bill Payne (Little Feat) and five other B3 masters crank up the Leslies and pull out all the stops for this romp
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hip Hug-her
2B3 Rob Gusevs, Bill Payne
4:57 $0.99
2. High Heel Feat
2B3 Bill Payne, Michael Fonfara
6:39 $0.99
3. Steel Onions
2B3 Doug Riley, Michael Fonfara
5:39 $0.99
4. Life Is a Carnival
2B3 Denis Keldie, Bill Payne
5:31 $0.99
5. Gimme Some Lovin'
2B3 Denis Keldie, Michael Fonfara
5:29 $0.99
6. Burnin' At The Stake
2B3 Michael Fonfara, Rob Gusevs
4:59 $0.99
7. Apricot Brandy
2B3 Rob Gusevs, Michael Fonfara
3:48 $0.99
8. King Harvest
2B3 Richard Bell, Denis Keldie
3:50 $0.99
9. Drown in My Own Tears
2B3 Doug Riley, Bill Payne
3:41 $0.99
10. Hush
2B3 Rob Gusevs, Denis Keldie
6:12 $0.99
11. All About My Girl
2B3 Doug Riley, Bill Payne
5:09 $0.99
12. One Love/People get Ready
2B3 Denis Keldie, Rob Gusevs
6:38 $0.99
13. Magic Carpet Ride
2B3 Lance Anderson, Michael Fonfara
6:37 $0.99
14. Big Chief
2B3 Lance Anderson, Denis Keldie
1:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
The power and sound of two Hammond B3s. Seven of Canada and North America's premiere players came together over three days to play with and against each other in an old fashioned 'cutting' session. Doug Riley (Dr. Music, Ray Charles, Bob Seger) Bill Payne (Little Feat) Michael Fonfara (Rhinoceros, Lou Reed, The Lincolns), Denis Keldie (The Extras, the Lincolns), Rob Gusevs (Kevin Breit's The Sister's Euclid), Richard Bell (The Band, The Grease Ball Boogie Band) and producer Lance Anderson (Anderson/Sloski, Oscar Peterson Multimedia CD ROM.)
All present for each sessions, ready to be called on, to spontaneously 'go out and give it a try.' A soul classic here, a rock standard next, with a few originals thrown in. Back to back organs and a dream rhythm section, featuring Richie Hayward (Little feat) on drums and Colin Linden (guitar) and Dennis Pendrith (Bruce Cockburn, David Wilcox) on bass. Turn on the recorders and capture the drama.
This CD has become the essential CD in a Hammond organ fan's library. Keyboard magazine's Mark Vail raved about it and said, "This is one hot recording".



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Set Your Ears on Fire
I made the mistake of listening to this disc for the first time at work. I put on my headphones and that was the end of that. The versions of Gimme Some Lovin' and Magic Carpet Ride blew me away. The entire disc is great but other highlights for me include Hip Hug-her and Apricot Brandy. If you are a fan of the B3, this is a must have CD. Get in the groove and dance!!


tears to my eyes
I became stunned halfway through the first cut. I turned the CD player off until my wife came home so we could listen to it together. "Steel Onions" brought tears to our eyes. At the end of "Magic Carpet Ride," after we came out of our trance and caught our breaths, we both spontaneously applauded the artists. This recording is a rare and refreshing treat, a must-have for all jazz and blues fans.

Shadi from Carbondale, IL

Awesome.....just awesome!
I'm glad I came across this CD. There is nothing like the sound of a B3, let alone two. The artistry here is top notch and the tunes are great. BRAVISSIMO!

Nathan Mean

When I first heard 'Gimme Some Lovin' on public radio 8 years ago, I had to have the song and whatever album with which it was associated. I have since ordered a couple more copies to pass out to friends. It is one of those rare discs that just when you think you've about worn it out, you find yourself slipping it in the player once again, hearing the first few bars of Hip Hug-her or Gimme Some Lovin and finding a smile creeping all over as though for the first time. What is this album? Funk? Jazz? Smooth Jazz? Gospel? All the above? Whatever, I thank those who took the time to put it together; my life has been enriched because they did. I love the B3 Hammond and so much here evokes the sound remembered in church as a kid - the alter call starting with the Leslie kicking in ever so quietly as the tears began to flow. Powerful stuff. I wonder to what extent the church growth of the 70's and 80's was due to the masterful use of the B3 in drawing in young people to a wonderful atmosphere created by magical playing, playing such as heard on this album. As I believe Lance Anderson states in his remarks about 'Drown in My Own Tears' regarding Doug Riley and Bill Payne's wonderful rendition of this Ray Charles' classic, "If my church had been playing music like this every Sunday, I'd still be going."

Michael Weiss

B-3 jams at their smokin' best
Everyone of these guys is a master and every cut is a treat. Hearing the tambre of each organ is worth the price of the CD and when these guys play off each other it's amazing. The arrangements are fresh, the riffs and solos are electrifing. Way cool !!

Steve, Naperville

Excellent B3 grooves. The recording was a little wanting, but the performances

John in Windsor

The only thing better than one B3...is two B3's and a half-dozen B3 bashers!
I don't deal out five ***** unless I think the CD earned it in every respect. And this one did. First, we have excellent presentation including a fold-out cover that has commentary on each individual track and organist. The CD itself is jam packed with 14 tracks - and not one will tempt you to hit the "next" button on your remote. And they save the best for last, a fantastic arrangement of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride." If you love funky B3 jams brought to you by some real hardworking organists, buy this CD now!