:: Hot Lips ::
:: On a Clear Day ::
:: Night Train ::
:: Running Wild ::
Should you have been traveling on Route 66 through Claremont, CA in the late ‘60s, and the smell of manure hadn’t affected your hunger pangs, you’d have maybe stopped in at the Sage Hen Restaurant to dine sumptuously on glazed ham and a delicious fruit ring mold. If you were really lucky, Larry Seibert would be jazzing up the place on his Gulbransen Rialto Organ (with Gulbransen Select-A-Rhythm attachment) while you ate. And if you were really, really lucky, perhaps he’d autograph a copy of his album, Larry Plays Again!, for you, as he did for the fortunate soul who owned this copy before it became mine.
Larry began playing the piano professionally in the 1930’s in various bands in both New York and California, until World War II beckoned and he went off to fight the good fight. After the war, Larry only tinkered with music casually, until discovering the unexplored potential of the Hammond Organ in 1949. He formed a group called the “Cinema Bums” and they toured the west, performing in hot spots at Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs. The mid-50’s found him writing advertising jingles for ad agencies and scoring episodes of radio serial broadcasts. Larry unplugged the organ for awhile to earn his degree in clinical psychology and become a marriage counselor, but those keys soon called again and he began playing nights at the aforementioned Sage Hen. That’s where this album was recorded “live,” to an incredibly silent audience of diners.