Friday, January 22, 2010
Jimmy McGRIFF - A Bag Full Of Blues 1967
Jimmy McGriff, 72, a jazz and blues organist who helped popularize the funky soul-jazz sound of the 1960s, died May 24 at Voorhees Center Genesis, a nursing facility in Voorhees, N.J. He had multiple sclerosis.
From the early 1960s, when he scored his first hit with an instrumental version of Ray Charles's "I've Got a Woman," Mr. McGriff was a widely acclaimed performer who unabashedly called himself "the king of the blues organists."
Part of a long tradition of jazz organists from Philadelphia, he went on to earn worldwide fame for his distinctively earthy sound on the Hammond B-3 organ and for his ability to send listeners racing to the dance floor.
As a child, Mr. McGriff began to play the organ in church, but he tried several other instruments and lines of work before settling on the organ in his early 20s. By then, Philadelphia had become renowned as a hotbed of organ talent, with such masters as Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Richard "Groove" Holmes.
After hearing Holmes play at his sister's wedding, Mr. McGriff sought his advice and spent six months mastering the unwieldy Hammond B-3, which has two banks of keyboards and dozens of pull-out stops as well as pumps and pedals for the feet.
By 1960, Mr. McGriff was working in local combos, and two years later his performance of "I've Got a Woman" reached No. 5 on Billboard's R&B chart. He followed it with other top-selling albums, including "Blues for Mister Jimmy" (1965) "A Bag Full of Soul" (1966), "A Bag Full of Blues" (1967), "The Worm" (1968) and two recordings with members of the Count Basie Orchestra.
By Matt Schudel.
Organist Jimmy McGriff released this LP in 1967 on the Solid State label, compositions by Manny Albam, production by Sonny Lester, personnel is Jimmy McGriff on organ, Mel Lewis on drums, Richard Davis on bass, Joe Newman on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on sax and Barry Galbraith and Wallace Richardson on guitar.
A1. Better Late Than Never 4:50
A2. Finishin' 3:23
A3. Slim Jim 5:35
A4. Time Waltzes On 6:00
B1. The Long Days Night 4:23
B2. The Long Hot Walk 5:14
B3. The Deacon's Peekin' 4:20
B4. Friday Nite's Rite 5:20