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miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

Jimmy McGriff • Blues For Mister Jimmy

Review by Steve Leggett
Blues for Mr. Jimmy was the last album Hammond B-3 ace Jimmy McGriff recorded for Sue Records before moving on to Solid State Records in 1965, and in some ways it is the archetypal McGriff record. Working in a trio format with drummer Jimmie Smith and guitarist Larry Frazier, McGriff is in fine form, bringing his patented blues- and gospel-inflected soul jazz to the edge of funk on a group of mostly original pieces ("The Party's Over" is the only cover). Highlights of this amazingly cohesive set are the two upbeat opening tracks, "Discotheque U.S.A." and "Cash Box," the undeniably funky "The Dog (You Dog)," and the gorgeous and heavily atmospheric ballad "Turn Blue." Collectables reissued the same set in the same running order in 1990 as Blues for Mister Jimmy, but this version from Stateside Records appears to have slightly better sound.

A1 Discotheque U.S.A.
A2 Cash Box
A3 Blues For Joe
A4 Blues For Mr. Jimmy
A5 The Dog (You Dog)
B1 Bump De Bump
B2 The Party's Over
B3 Turn Blue
B4 Sho' Nuff

Personnel: Jimmy McGriff (organ); Jimmie Smith (drums).

Label: London Records ‎– HA-C 8247
Released: 1965
Genre: Jazz, Blues
Recording Time: 34 minutes

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