Captain-Foldback.com This Month
For our first fall issue, the featured organist is Linda Dachtyl of Columbus, OH, U.S.A.
2. Place(s) I call home
3. Style(s) I play
4. Current CD/project
The blues band "Soul Satyr" is releasing their second CD this month, also. My husband Cary and I have been members of this group for the past year and the CD was recorded at our Pterodactyl recording studio.
In the past year I also have played on Sean Carney's release, "Life of Ease", Al Smythe's "Comfort Me" and Elisa Nicolas' "Compass and a Pen".
5. A person who inspired me to play the Hammond
I got into jazz organ a little later on during my college years, although I had already had a strong interest in jazz as a high school student particularly in Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, fusion music (Mahavishnu Orchestra and Chick Corea) and older big band music such as Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.
I saw Hank Marr play often around Columbus with Rusty Bryant and Jim Rupp during my college days at Capital University and that first sparked my interest in playing jazz organ. I was so ignorant of the jazz organ genre at that time when I first went to see Hank play, I was looking for a bass player in the band and wondered how this was going to sound without a bass player on the stand! At that time, I also started investigating jazz organ players' recordings more closely, starting with Jimmy Smith. Hank was always so humble, I didn't know he had a large catalog of recordings himself, I just knew he was someone I enjoyed hearing.
Later, I ended up studying with him for about two years
when I was in graduate school at Ohio State and learned about his early
60's recordings with Rusty Bryant. The hassle of moving of a Hammond and not
having an organ totally gig ready at the time or a large van, were things
that influenced me to put the idea of playing Hammond myself on the back
burner for many years. I played keyboards or drums in many local cover and a
few original bands during this time and still freelance doing this from time
to time now.
Tony's performance was very inspiring and it was just one of those things that I will chalk up to being in the right place at the right time. I didn't know he was going to be playing as another band was originally booked for the slot. All I knew was that there was a Hammond player that was going to be there that evening. After that time, Tony and I became friends, which lead to him producing my CDs.
8. Do you use the percussion effects in your organ?
9. Do you have a drawbar setting that is your own?
If yes, can we know it?
At times in "Soul Satyr" we will play a Doors cover where I need to emulate a combo organ. I will use the 16' and all the white drawbars, with V3 on ;-) I'm sure that's not an original registration of mine, though.
10. Is there anything that defines 'your sound'?
I am always working to be able to be more of a purist in my jazz B3 playing. I would say probably I would come closer to sounding like Charles Earland than any other jazz organist at this time. People have commented they also hear a strong gospel influence in my playing quite often. However, I hope I am perceived as sounding like myself and I find the most effective way for me to grow as a player is to study the masters, but not try to emulate them too closely. When the tape is rolling or on a gig, I may start with an idea I have picked up from listening to other players, but then move to try to develop some original ideas of my own on the fly.
I consider myself a student for life concerning music. There is always so much to learn.
11. A milestone in my Hammond organ playing career was:
12. A great recording of Hammond music not of my own:
13. Do you compose music using the organ?
14.Do you feel there is an increasing interest in the
15. What is your website address?
6. Do you use a Leslie speaker?
If yes, is there anything you can share about how you
He also adjusted them so they would be in phase properly if
I ever wanted to use both of them at the same time. To this point, I have only
used one or the other for gigs. I prefer the sound of my 22H because of the
tubes, but I use my 760 most of the time for live playing because it's easier to
7. Do you often play the bass line on the organ?
If yes, how do you do it?
Amp rebuild services by Captain Foldback
The Captain now offers Hammond/Leslie amp rebuild/repair services at very reasonable prices. For most projects I do not charge for labour or I charge a flat fee. I do it to help and out of love for the Hammond/Leslie sound. My speciality is old Leslie amps such as 31H and 32H. I rebuild in various 'grades' depending on how original the owner wants it to look and sound. Conversions from one model to another are also possible, as well as voltage conversion of later models. Solid state Leslie projects are welcome.
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One organ record that The Captain likes
Richard 'Groove' Holmes: Soul Message. Prestige Records, 1965.
Soul Message is one of my favourite organ records. A short little album, six
tunes - but with so much soul. Two of the tracks - 'Misty' and 'Groove's Groove'
- were issued in edited form as a single and gave Groove Holmes a pop single
hit. It takes a while for this record to really grow on you. Sure, it sounds
nice to begin with, but it's very understated, and Groove tickles the organ so
effortlessly that it may seem to be simple playing. With repeated listening, you
will get to appreciate the details of Groove's soloing and decidedly funky bass
To modify or not to modify?
When re-building or re-conditioning an old piece of equipment, one often gets to deal with previous owners/service techs/reseller's modifications. Sometimes the modification is actually a valid upgrade, maybe done several decades ago. So what does one do? Rebuild to stock or rebuild including the modification? Of course, it depends on whom you are rebuilding for: If you are rebuilding for yourself, you can do whatever you want to. If you are rebuilding for somebody else, the owner will have to decide. In each case, one must carefully consider the historic value of the organ/speaker and its condition. The Captain is a fan of stock, but some modifications do make sense, both for the sake of safety, interoperability of different types of equipment, and for the general enjoyment of the user. Your comments are welcome!