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The title of this release is a little deceptive, since Jimmy McGriff only did one record with Headfirst Records, 1990's You Ought to Think About Me, and this is it, with "Merry Christmas Baby" added as a bonus track. Featuring McGriff's patented soul-jazz Hammond B-3 playing, the album culminates in a version of Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" that gathers strands of soul, blues, gospel, jazz, and funk into one musical basket.

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This Album is really, really enjoyable.


Born: April 3, 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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The Best of the Headfirst Years, Jimmy McGriff
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  • $3.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2003

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