RAPHAEL WRESSNIG & The Soul Gift Band feat. GISELE JACKSON
If the European continent has a Hammond organ master, its ownership corresponds to the Austrian Raphael Wressnig. Under the influence of both the incredible Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Jones & Joe Zawinul, Wressnig perfectly dominates the resources of this instrument with a unique sound, which he offers without interruption for years, on stages around the world.
From 2013 to 2017 his name has always been among the best organists of the year in the magazine “Downbeat” along with other illustrious such as Joey DeFrancesco and Lonnie Smith.
Blues, jazz, soul and funk are the ingredients that combine in his repertoire, where he keeps the tradition alive and updates its language and its vibrations.
„Oh yes, Raphael plays a dynamic brand of B-3, his passion commensurate with his technique and his creative intelligence. He’s a high-voltage dynamo but also a musician of surprising delicacy and self-reflection. Call him one of the finest blues/jazz/soul B-3 operators anywhere.“ (FRANK-JOHN HADLEY, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE-USA)
“The coolest Hammond-Master of the moment” (JAZZTHING)
From Baltimore and before settling in Brooklyn, Gisele Jackson turned with Ray Charles as one of his “Raylettes” and shared a multitude of stages with the incomparable Donna Summer and with James Brown. She has taken his soul, jazz and blues to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and has performed as soloist in the main jazz halls in the United States. She has also performed as an opening act for artists such as Tito Puente, Bette Midler, The Commodores, B-52 and many other giants of the music in a variety of musical genres. Her great success “Love Commandments” reached No. 3 on the Billboard dance list and today is a true classic in dance clubs.
Raphael Wressnig – Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
Enrico Crivellaro – guitars
Hans-Jürgen Bart – drums
Gisele Jackson – lead vocals