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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BLUE NOTE
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
  • ASIN: B000005HDD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Electric Funk by Jimmy McGriff

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McGriff, often considered jazz's finest organist after Jimmy Smith, always recorded his fair share of R&B and cheese, and considered himself more of a bluesman than a jazzman, anyway. As it is, the cheese has aged better than most of his music and he is no doubt raking in the sampling bucks as tracks such as "The Worm" (not included here) pop up on many a rapper's c.v. Funk used to be about authenticity of the street; now it's about the plushness of the lounge, and this album, originally recorded in 1969 for one of Sonny Lester's many labels, is a cornerstone of blaxploitation/cop show jazz. That, in itself, will tell you whether you'd like it. --D. Strauss

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That sample was enough for me to buy this cd.
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See the point is the Hammond B3 has the ability, with very few instruments accompanying, to sound like it is part of a much bigger band than it really is.
Mr. Julian Mascarenhas
This is a perfect example of music painting pictures in your mind without words.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Julian Mascarenhas on March 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ahh Jimmy McGriff. The man who at the age of 16, having played the bass, the drums, alto sax and some other instruments, was still trying to find `his' instrument. In the course of looking he had jammed as a session musician with some pretty big names, names he would learn the essentials of moving a crowd from. But it took the invention of the Hammond B3 to finally give Jimmy an instrument that "would push me more than I could push it."

It's worth understanding why he chose this instrument over others in order to understand the Jimmy McGriff style and why it sounds so funky. See the point is the Hammond B3 has the ability, with very few instruments accompanying, to sound like it is part of a much bigger band than it really is. In fact it has the ability to sound like a big band on its own, the type of big band that Count Basie and Duke Ellington used to lead. These were the sounds that really rocked Jimmy's musical world. While the whole jazz scene was being tempted and shocked in equal measures by the rock world, Jimmy kept thinking of that old, big band sound all along. And he carved out his own distinctive style with such an ear. This album's sleeve doesn't list the players, it simply says `unknown' but if Jimmy's earlier bands are anything to go by it would have been recorded by just four musicians - Guitar, Alto or Tenor Sax, Drums and Jimmy plays bass with his foot peddles and/or his left hand and melody with his right - yet the sound is expansive, rich and full bodied for four instruments.

There were other factors why he chose the Hammond. His friend Shirley Scott (famed for a rip roaring version of the Isley Bros' "It's Your Thing") was literally tearing up every joint she played in with her heavy, funky, racey Hammond sounds.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2003
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The first time I heard this album I just laughed. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This is some of the funkiest music I've heard. It kind of reminds me of The Meters, but with a horn section and ridiculuous organ, maybe it is the short songs. The guitar licks are nothing special, but the organ makes up for it. The first track starts out a bit slow and it makes you wonder what is going on. Then about mid song the horns kick in, followed my the tremendous roar of Jimmy's hammond b3. When I heard the organ I was floored. Listen to the sample of track 1 and hear for yourself. That sample was enough for me to buy this cd. The rest of the album is just straight funk with Jimmy McGriff just ripping it up over some very tight grooves provided by the rest of the band. The only disappoint I found in the cd was the fact that the songs are short (along with the cd, 30 mins). I really find myself wanting to hear Jimmy and the band jam out for extended periods. More horn solo's would probably have been good too. All things a side, I still rate this 5 stars because of the unbeliable sound of Jimmy McGriff.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael St John on November 13, 2001
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Recorded in September 1969, with McGriff on organ, Horace Ott on electric piano (also writing the arrangements), and an anonymous band in support. The focus is all on Jimmy; the horns just play background section arrangements that would sound right at home on a Booker T & the MG's record with the Memphis Horns. All that's missing is a great funk guitarist as counterpoint, and maybe a louder bottom from the bass & drums, to really kick the music to the highest level. Booker T. had his Steve Cropper; Jimmy Smith had Arthur Adams on his funky classic ROOT DOWN... so you might feel it when it's all on the organist to play lead on this kind of music.
For me, that's just the difference between 4 and 5 stars. It's still a fun, tight record. Good to put on when you're feeling like a party, or, other days, maybe something that can cheer the blues away.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Angel Martinez Rolland on September 3, 2005
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This record is something else. It is a steamin' funky LP that really caught me from the very first time I heard it. (I couldn't stop playing it again and again.) I had been looking for a record like this for a long time! Superb rythm section (the drums sound fantastic!), funky grooves all along, killer horns, and the magnificent Jimmy McGriff at his best. Definitely, this is the best McGriff album I have ever heard, but it is also one of the best FUNK LPs I know.

Some tracks stand out, like 'Spear for Moondog' (why on earth did they insert a fade-out when the band is rockin' REAL hard?)or 'Back On The Track', but there is not one bad or average song in the entire album. The album is quite short (you wish some tracks were a little longer), but I find myself always playing it more than once.

One thing about this album is that the bridges of the songs are awesome. The arrangements are extraordinary! Generally, the songs begin laying the groove, but things get really hot when the bridge comes. You realize how good a song is by then, but not if you only listen to the 15 first seconds. All in all, this record is perfect for party time and dancing... If your body doesn't move to this record, I suggest you go and see a doctor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Testa on January 28, 2003
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The first time I heard this album I just laughed. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This is some of the funkiest music I've heard. It kind of reminds me of The Meters, but with a horn section and ridiculuous organ, maybe it is the short songs. The guitar licks are nothing special, but the organ makes up for it. The first track starts out a bit slow and it makes you wonder what is going on. Then about mid song the horns kick in, followed my the tremendous roar of Jimmy's hammond b3. When I heard the organ I was floored. Listen to the sample of track 1 and hear for yourself. That sample was enough for me to buy this cd. The rest of the album is just straight funk with Jimmy McGriff just ripping it up over some very tight grooves provided by the rest of the band. The only disappoint I found in the cd was the fact that the songs are short (along with the cd, 30 mins). I really find myself wanting to hear Jimmy and the band jam out for extended periods. More horn solo's would probably have been good too. All things a side, I still rate this 5 stars because of the unbelievable sound of Jimmy McGriff.
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