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miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff • Crunch Time

Classic soul-jazz, once given the R.I.P. treatment, has crawled from its grave in recent years, raiding the grooves of Medeski, Martin & Wood, showing up in samples manipulated by hip-hoppers, and coloring modern-jazz projects by the likes of Javon Jackson. The sound - saturday night's fish fry bumping into sunday-morning services - has long been the cornbread and butter, if you will, of saxophonist Hank Crawford and Hammond B-3 master Jimmy McGriff. With Crunch Time, that couple is back together for their seventh collaboration in 13 years.
Joined by fatback drummer Bernard Purdie and guitarists Melvin Sparks and Cornell Dupree on various tracks, the pair regularly cross and straddle that sacred-profane divide. They slide into action with Crawford's shuffling "Bow Legs," a showcase for the Memphis native's expressive alto - sometimes wailing, sometimes barking, nearly always subject to being mistaken for a vocal cry. And they send listeners home with Horace Silver's "The Preacher," as the Philadelphia-born McGriff's gospel-blues organ intro sets up the unison and harmony lines of his bandmates.
There's plenty of preaching in between, including "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)," as sultry a ballad as you'll find this side of closing time at the juke joint; the sing-song testifying of Clifford Brown's "Sandu" (notice Sparks' hint of "St. Thomas"); and the McGriff-penned title track, earthy and swinging mean. Also worked into the sermon are a lightly funked take on Marvin Gaye's hit "What's Going On" and a moody, slow-moving version of "Without a Song" that wouldn't be out of place at a tent revival. Call us converted.
Philip Booth, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

1 - Bow Legs
2 - It's All Good
3 - Don't Deceive Me
4 - Sandu
5 - Crunch Time
6 - What's Goin' On
7 - Without A Song
8 - The Preacher

Alto Saxophone Hank Crawford
Organ Jimmy McGriff
Guitar Melvin Sparks
Guitar Cornell Dupree
Drums Bernard Purdie

Label: Milestone Records ‎– MCD 9287-2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 1998
Genre: Jazz

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