The Godfathers of Groove
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"Some of the chunkiest, hardest-jamming soul jazz grooves this side of the JB's!" - BOSTON HERALD
Green, Purdie, & Wilson is an all-star group of jazz, soul, and funk veterans coming together to make waves! Led by legendary organist Reuben Wilson and jazz guitar legacy Grant Green Jr., the group presents infectious tracks with a fresh sound that appeals to both longtime fans and new listeners alike! In the late sixties, Hammond B-3 organist Reuben Wilson began the ascension to his current status as a godfather of acid jazz by demonstrating a command of funk that helped redefine the movement. As the son of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green, Grant Green Jr. was exposed to exceptional musicianship right out of the womb. Today, his style blends technical mastery with heartfelt soul, and it is this combination that sets him apart. The "world's most recorded drummer," Bernard "Pretty" Purdie has worked with Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Loud Donaldson, Joe Cocker, Hank Crawford, and more, laying down the beat on over 3,000 albums to date!
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When on their game, this ensemble sounds just as you hoped they wood: plenty of funky, jazzy grooves; a loose jazzy vibe; and reason to appreciate vintage JBL speakers. It doesn't matter whether the results are soul or jazz or something in-between.
The original tracks are the strongest. It's hard to garner much interest, however, in yet another remake of Just My Imagination, and this one sounds polished but perfunctory. The other weakness, in my view, is that half the songs here do not hold up to repeated, focused listening, and the covers in particular sound too much like lounge music.
Bassist Tommy Shannon qualifies- (of SRV Double Trouble) AND the bassist we have featured on this particular disc- Jerry Jermmott. Mr. Jermmott is simply a monster of 'in the pocket' bassists. Plus he hosted Jaco on the only Pastorius Bass Instruction Video in the publication.
Jerry is sooo good!
This cannot be highlighted enough. Listen to Jerry run the medium tempo of "Every Day I Get The Blues".
It is no wonder that after BB KING won his Grammy in 1970 for "The Thrill Is Gone" he went bowed to Jerry and said, "Thank you!".
That CD was "Completely Well."