Monday, January 31, 2011

Jimmy McGriff - MG Blues

Organ master Jimmy McGriff may have studied formally at Juilliard and at Philadelphia's Combe College of Music, but there's nothing fancy about his music. It's basic to the bone, always swinging and steeped in blues and gospel. McGriff's brand of jazz is about feeling. "That's the most important thing," he says.
In 1962, Sue Records released the single "All ABout My Girl", but it was the B-side that my dad played the  most and with "MG Blues", the organist staked out a musical turf all his own, somewhere between the jazz of Jimmy Smith and the r&b of Booker T. & the MGs.

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