Russ Spiegel Organ Group – Wait a Minute!

Labels:Ruzztone Music
Number of Tracks:8
Total Time:00:52:33
From the Album:Wait a Minute!
Available Date & Time: Apr 26 2019 00:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: n/a

"Wait A Minute" Debuts On The JazzWeek Chart At #39 This Week!

Wait A Minute! by the Russ Spiegel Organ Group comprises eight catchy, funky original guitar-and-organ-based tunes from the pen of guitarist and composer Russ Spiegel and provides lots of interest and variety from track to track.


For those who are not familiar with his previous albums, this is an excellent introduction to Russ Spiegel’s distinctive musical style.


Track Listing:

  1. WAIT A MINUTE (5:53)

  2. RAINY BLUES (4:58)

  3. MIAMI GIRL (7:54)

  4. UP THE CREEK (6:19)

  5. THE SERPENTINE (7:28)

  6. COUNT UP (6:22)

  7. UNRULY JULIE (7:53)

  8. A QUICK ONE (5:46)


All songs composed by Russ Spiegel (GEMA)

Published by Ruzztone Music – ASCAP



Russ Spiegel – Guitar

Tom Kelley – Alto Saxophone (except on Rainy Blues and Unruly Julie)

Jim Gasior – Hammond organ

Rodolfo Zuniga – Drums


Special Guests:

Brian Lynch: Flugelhorn on Miami Girl, Trumpet on Up the Creek

Juan Turros: Tenor Saxophone on Rainy Blues


Ten years after his last well-received release, guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and writer, Russ Spiegel, comes up for air with a surprisingly original and upbeat collection of catchy tunes.


The music on Wait a Minute! is enriched by Russ’s strong, individual voice and is supported by top-notch Miami-based musicians Jim Gasior on Hammond organ, Tom Kelley on alto saxophone and Rodolfo Zuniga on drums. The album is further enhanced with guest appearances by Grammy-award winning trumpeter Bryan Lynch and tenor saxophonist Juan Turros.


All the compositions and arrangements are by Spiegel himself, with the opening title-track “Wait a Minute” getting things off to a funky start. The double-time 12-bar “Rainy Blues” follows with special guest Juan Turros on the tenor saxophone.


‘Miami Girl’ features a lovely flugelhorn solo by Brian Lynch, a former sideman of Horace Silver, Phil Woods and Eddie Palmieri, among others. Lynch also excels on the subsequent shuffle blues, ‘Up the Creek’, which provides a change of pace after the Latin/funk rhythms of the previous tracks.


There’s a flavor of both blues and funk in the odd-meter, ‘The Serpentine’, with inspired solos by Kelley, Spiegel and Gasior. A different and definitely more boppish approach is heard in ‘Count Up’, which Spiegel had previously recorded with his New York big band on the CD Transplants. Its title derives from the 16-bar sequence borrowed from John Coltrane’s ‘Countdown’, which itself was a contrafact combining the harmonic movement of ‘Giant Steps’ with the overall chord structure of ‘Tune Up’ – a composition recorded by Miles Davis.


’Unruly Julie’ is in 5/4 time, giving this 12-bar blues a distinctive feel. Kelley sits this tune out and after Spiegel and Gasior’s solos, Zuniga takes a Joe-Morello-inspired drum solo. Finally, ‘A Quick One’ restores the basic quartet, returning us to the tempo and funky feel of the opening track, as well as including another quietly sensational solo from the leader.


Russ Spiegel received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Afterwards, he spent more than a decade living and performing in Europe before returning to the US. Russ settled in New York City, earning his master’s degree in jazz performance at City College of New York and went on to receive his doctorate in Jazz Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow.


Russ has performed with numerous international performers such as Charlie Antolini, Tim Armacost, George Arvanitas, Benny Bailey, Stefan Bauer, Madeline Bell, Tony Bennett, Han Bennink, Angela Brown, Petula Clark, Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors, Bob Degen, Barbara Dennerlein, Joel Frahm, John Goldsby, Red Holloway, Owen Howard, Tony Lakatos, Rich Little, Little Willie Littlefield, Emil Mangelsdorf, Hendrik Meurkens, Bernadette Peters, Steve Potts, Scott Reeves, Jim Rotondi, Jürgen Seefelder, Jesse Sharps, Tom Varner, Bill Warfield, Frank Wess, Jimmy Woode, Frankfurt Opera, and the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra.


Not only is he in demand as an internationally performing artist, Russ also travels the globe giving workshops and masterclasses in jazz guitar, ensembles, and jazz composition and arranging. Russ has released several CDs, is a commissioned composer and arranger, scores music for film, and has appeared in a number of feature films and television shows as both a musician and actor.


Press Quotes:


Channeling the spirited energy of hard-bop with the progressive aesthetics of rock music, Spiegel carves out his own niche in the contemporary jazz scene.

—Troy Collins, All About Jazz


Spiegel plays with a clear, bright sound and his solos reveal a sure-footed rhythmic instinct and a harmonic sense which may be rooted in bebop but which also leans towards the future.

—Charles Alexander, Jazzwise (London)


An eloquent guitarist.

—Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz


Intellectual to the core, melodic and elegant, [Spiegel's] music will engage and challenge you at the same time.

—Ed Blanco, EJazzNews


A killer guitarist that’s simply welcome all over the world, Spiegel lays it down without pretense or drama and lets his clean lines and solid playing provide all the drama and dynamic tension non-smooth jazz should have, even when he’s playing it light and easy. A tasty cat you should definitely get to know.

—Chris Spector, Midwest Record


Promotional Video: "Wait a Minute"


Russ's Website:


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