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Live at Green Lady Lounge

by Molly Hammer

Outstanding jazz vocalist sings inspired live versions of jazz and blues standards accompanied by organ, drums and guitar.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. New Blowtop Blues (Live)
4:35 $0.99
2. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You (Live)
3:48 $0.99
3. A Sunday Kind of Love (Live)
3:13 $0.99
4. I’m Just a Lucky so and So (Live)
4:07 $0.99
5. Frim Fram Sauce (Live)
4:28 $0.99
6. A Wonderful Day Like Today (Live)
2:48 $0.99
7. Alright, Okay, You Win (Live)
4:45 $0.99
8. (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman [Live]
4:11 $0.99
9. Blues in the Night (Live)
4:38 $0.99
10. Sweet and Lowdown (Live)
4:30 $0.99
11. Look for the Silver Lining (Live)
6:26 $0.99
12. Peel Me a Grape (Live)
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Molly Hammer
Live at Green Lady Lounge
(Recorded live Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Green Lady Lounge)

Molly Hammer Vocals
Ken Lovern Organ
Brian Baggett Guitar
Kevin Frazee Drums

The Story:

For all of 2016, Molly Hammer had a standing engagement one Saturday a month where she would come sing at Green Lady Lounge from 6 to 9 pm with the group OJT (Ken Lovern, organ; Brian Baggett, guitar; Kevin Frazee, drums). OJT would then play the rest of the night as an instrumental trio until 1:30. Happily, everyone involved agreed that we should record one of these gigs. On this recording you can hear the audience, you can hear the room, and you can hear the magic. It is live, it is real, and now it is forever.

“Live music only happens once” is a truism that attracts audiences to venues to hear the same musicians over and over again, hoping to be present for that magic moment of inspiration. Fortunately for us, a live recording can be enjoyed repeatedly. That is what we have here, lightning in a bottle, ready to be enjoyed whenever the listener is so inclined.

Molly Hammer is an inspired performer: a vocalist and entertainer who always gives each performance everything she has. On this recording she is accompanied by Ken Lovern, Brian Baggett, and Kevin Frazee. Collectively known as OJT, these groove masters lay down a deep pocket for Molly weave her vocal magic into and upon. A Saturday night at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansas City is a special night. So, who can blame the audience for yelling out in appreciation?

Produced by Ken Lovern
Executive Producer John Scott
Recorded by Ethan Erisman
Mixed by Ken Lovern with consulting from Robert Rebeck and Chad Meise
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room Mastering
Molly Hammer Photos by Jim Mooney
Ken Lovern, Brian Baggett, and Kevin Frazee photos by Brian Turner

Jazz Ambassador Magazine Review by Roger Atkinson:

I was knocked out by Molly Hammer’s 2017 release Out of this World of is World, where her fabulous voice worked through a set of standards with the Joe Cartwright Quartet. I immediately put her on that list of super KC singers that I have enjoyed over the years: Carol, Karrin, Angela, Kathleen, Lori, Lisa, Shay, Laura and Megan, among others.

This time around Hammer is supported by the OJT in a live recording from OJT’s home turf, the Green
Lady Lounge. Producer (and the O in OJT) and vinyl lover Ken Lovern, has released this on a fine-sounding LP.

Hammer’s voice again carries the show in this set of tunes that leans to the bluesy side of jazz. Her delivery – the growls,
the bent notes, use of time and dynamics – has a presence not unlike what Dinah Washington or Etta Jones would have on similar material. You can hear it right from the top on “New Blowtop Blues,” a fun story that features the strong shuffle from drummer Kevin Frazee. Her reading of “A Sunday Kind of Love” reminded me of Washington, and she sounds like she is riding eff ortlessly over the rhythmic wave from OJT in the closing chorus. Hammer’s dynamics during “I’m Just a Lucky So and So” and timing on “Alright, Okay, You Win” are prime examples of her style.

It’s not all blues, of course. “A Wonderful Day Like Today” is a fine swinging standard. “A Natural Woman” was written
for Aretha Franklin and was a huge hit for her a half century ago, and Hammer wisely doesn’t drift far from the original.
The song works well for her and the OJT. They do a great job of updating and resurrecting the obscure 1925 Gershwin tune,
“Sweet and Lowdown.” Ella Fitzgerald never sang it, but it was one of the Gershwin items that Lee Wiley recorded in 1939 in
some of the first The Great American Songbook.

The OJT is in fine form, too. I don’t see many organ-led jazz bands working behind singers (Etta Jones comes to mind,
though), but Kansas City has been the exception as long as I have been here, with the sorely missed Everette DeVan working
frequently with vocalists, and OJT featuring Bukeka Shoals for many years. OJT always gets the grooves right, whether it’s a
shuffle or a solid funk as in “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You.” I love how Lovern’s solos often just continue the phrase just
completed by guitarist Brian Baggett. Baggett comps with the best, and his solos work around the melody very well. Baggett
even displays a country blues side during his solo on the closer.
—Roger Atkinson



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