Jimmy McGriff: Back on the Track

Track

Back On The Track

Artist

Jimmy McGriff (organ)

CD

Electric Funk (Blue Note 84350)

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Musicians:

Jimmy McGriff (organ), Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax), Blue Mitchell (trumpet),

Horace Ott (electric piano, arranger), others unknown

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Recorded: New York City, September 1969

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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

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  • 1 m // May 30, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    RIP