“Listen – Jimmy McGriff – A Thing To Come By Pts 1&2 – MP3″
NOTE: I was just informed that I had the incorrect file linked above. I’ll try to fix it tonight.
“Listen – Jimmy McGriff – Fat Cakes – MP3″
I wasn’t planning a post tonight, but after spending an absolutely lovely Memorial Day hanging with my brother and his family, I came home, logged on and found out that one of the last remaining greats of the Hammond, Jimmy McGriff had passed away at the age of 72.
McGriff, a former police officer was one of the founding fathers of the Philly school of Hammond (a group which included Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, and later Charles Earland) who first hit it big in 1962 with his cover of Ray Charles’ ‘I Got a Woman’, and shortly after that with the blinding swing of ‘All About My Girl’.
McGriff – in a career that spanned more than 50 years – recorded for Sue, Solid State, Capitol, Blue Note, Groove Merchant and Milestone, recording his final album a few years ago.
McGriff, unlike some of his contemporaries, was able to play hard charging R&B, soul jazz and funk with equal facility, leaving behind classics in all of those styles.
The two tracks I’m posting this evening appeared over the last few years in a couple of Hammond-centric episodes of the Funky16Corners Radio podcast.
‘A Thing To Come By Pts 1&2’ appeared on the 1969 LP of the same name for Solid State.
‘Fat Cakes’ is ripped from a Capitol 45 and originally appeared on his 1971 ‘Soul Sugar’ LP.
They are both prime examples of McGriff’s funky mid-period work, and stand as a testament to why Hammond fiends like me hold him in such high esteem.
He was truly one of the greatest, and will be missed.
PS Don’t forget to head over to Fleamarket Funk to check out my guest mix!