Jimmy McGriff: Back on the Track
Back On The Track
Jimmy McGriff (organ)
Electric Funk (Blue Note 84350)
Horace Ott (electric piano, arranger), others unknown.
Recorded: New York City, September 1969
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Though he considers himself to be first and foremost a blues musician, Jimmy McGriff straddles the demarcating lines between R&B, gospel, funk and jazz more comfortably than any organist in any genre. Electric Funk sounds like the lost soundtrack to an unreleased blaxploitation film and its first cut, “Back On The Track,” would be perfect for the opening credits. The deep-pocket bassist lays down some serious funk and the mystery drummer is so nasty he’ll make DJs drool. Always deeply soulful, McGriff preaches his own gospel with short exclamatory licks to fill the space allotted him in Horace Ott’s simple yet effective “small big band” arrangement. A standout track on the funkiest record in the Blue Note stacks.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic