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100% Pure Funk collects portions of three performances by Hammond B-3 player Jimmy McGriff, two from 1973 and one from 1974. McGriff has a laid-back, comfortable, and lived-in sound, mixing blues and gospel influences into a small combo jazz setting, best showcased here on an original composition (written by McGriff and producer Sonny Lester) called "Blues for a Broken Down Funky Old Bus," which perfectly catches the warm tone and feel of these sessions. The only problem here is the title of the album, since these aren't funk outings, and given McGriff's later exploration of funk rhythms on albums like Tail Gunner, it is bound to confuse folks looking for heavier McGriff material.


Born: 03 April 1936 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the all-time giants of the Hammond B-3, Jimmy McGriff sometimes gets lost amid all the great soul-jazz organists from his hometown of Philadelphia. He was almost certainly the bluesiest of the major soul-jazz pioneers, and indeed, he often insisted that he was more of a blues musician than a jazz artist; nonetheless, he remained eclectic enough to blur the lines of classification. His sound -- deep, down-to-earth grooves drenched in blues and gospel feeling -- made him quite popular with R&B...
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100% Pure Funk, Jimmy McGriff
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 01 January 2001

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