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Album Review

On Red Beans, Jimmy McGriff rolls out electric piano and clavinet alongside his signature Hammond B-3 to create one of the more varied and unusual sessions in his discography. Brad Baker's smooth, fusion-inspired arrangements further distance the album from McGriff's seminal soul-jazz sets, but the approach — in every sense a product of its times — suits him well, and even though the material is lightweight, with a regrettable reliance on novelty titles (e.g. "Big Booty Bounce," "Space Cadet," and "Overweight Shark Bait"), McGriff's absolute mastery of the groove remains unquestioned.

Biography

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...
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 01 January 1995

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