The name says it all. This man knew how to groove with both hands and feet. He acknowledged himself that in the world of organ players, there was Jimmy Smith and then all the rest; but he (humbly!) considered himself to be at the top of the rest. IMO, there was Smith, Groove, Patton, Young, then all the rest. But when it comes to funking it up, Groove had no match. He's influenced by sax players, like a lot of organ players.
He recorded some very nice "straight" Jazz sessions with Ben Webster, Gene Ammons, Houston Person, and Paul Chambers (renowned bass player). But he also recorded some of the funkiest shit I have ever heard. He teamed up with Jimmy McGriff for some organ battles on the Groove Merchant label, and recorded for Muse from 1977 to 1989 with, among others, Person and Melvin Sparks.
I suggest picking up Blue Note's compilation Blue Break Beats Vol. 1 for, among other greats, the first track "Grooving With Mr. G." from his Comin' On Home LP (import CD only). Also, his Nightglider album was reissued this year by a French label (MusiDisc 500632). Tracks 1, 2, and 5 are the kind of tunes that will make a skeleton dig out of his/her grave and get down to the groove, and basically the reason why I'm writing this. Damn is that funky! The bass and percussion (conga) are cookin'. They didn't list the personnel, so if anyone has any info, PLEASE e-mail me, thanks! This 1975 album is produced by Horace Ott, who also recorded Joey DeFrancesco in the 90's.
Somethin Special ? Pacific Jazz After Hours 1961 Pacific Jazz (B.Webster/L.McCann) Groove 1961 Pacific Jazz (Gene Ammons) Groovin' With Jug 1961 Pacific Jazz Tell It Like It Is 1961 Pacific Jazz Somethin' Special 1962 Pacific Jazz Book of the Blues 1964 Warner Bros. Soul Message 1965 Prestige Living Soul 1966 Prestige (Boogaloo Joe Jones) Spicy 1966 Prestige Super Soul 1967 Prestige (T.Edwards/P.Chambers)Get Up And Get It! 1967 Prestige (Ben Dixon) Soul Power 1967 Prestige Bowl of Soul 1967 Loma/Warner See See Rider 1968 Prestige The Groover 1968 Prestige (Rusty Bryant) That Healin' Feelin' 1968 Prestige Onsaya joy ? Flying Dutchman Six Million Dollar Man ? Flying Dutchman Swedish Lullaby ? Sison (Weldon Irvine) Comin' on Home 1971 Blue Note American Pie 1972 Groove Merch. Double Exposure 1973 LRC New Groove ? Groove Merchant X-77 ? World Pacific & Ernie Watts Come Together ? World Pacific (Eddie Daniels) Groovin' with Groove ? LRC Night Glider 1973 Musidisc Groovin' and Spoonin' 1974 Olympic (Houston Person) Good Vibrations 1977 Muse (Idris Muhammad) Shippin' Out 1977 Muse (Houston Person) Broadway 1980 Muse (Houston Person) Blues All Day Long 1988 Muse (Houston Person) Hot Tat 1989 Muse Bostic, Earl "Groove" Holmes Jazz As I Feel It 1963 King Jackson, Willis "Groove" Holmes Ya Understand Me? (Live) 1980 Muse McGriff, Jimmy "Groove" Holmes Come Together 1973 Groove Merch. "Groove" Holmes Giants of the Organ in Concert 1973 Groove Merch. Dbl LP of previous 2! Supa Cookin' 1975 Groove Merch. Wilson, Gerald "Groove" Holmes You Better Believe It 1961 Pacific Jazz Witherspoon, Jimmy "Groove" Holmes Sings The Blues 1961 Crown/Muse Bert Kendrix Evenin' Blues 1963 Prestige Paul Griffin Blues Around The Clock 1963 Prestige w/ "Groove" (Odetta) As Blue As They Can Be 1991 RTV