Label: Veep - VPS 16522 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Stereo, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz
One of the all-time giants of the Hammond B-3, Jimmy McGriff sometimes gets lost amid all the great soul-jazz organists from his hometown of Philadelphia. He was almost certainly the bluesiest of the major soul-jazz pioneers, and indeed, he often insisted that he was more of a blues musician than a jazz artist; nonetheless, he remained eclectic enough to blur the lines of classification.
James Harrell McGriff, Jr. His mother and father both played the piano, and he counted saxophonist Benny Golson and soul singer Harold Melvin among his cousins. However, McGriff was drafted into the military after high school, and served in the Korean War as a military policeman. Upon returning to the United States, he decided to make law enforcement a career, and after completing the necessary training, he worked on the Philadelphia police force for two M. G. Blues - Jimmy McGriff - Jimmy McGriffs Greatest Organ Hits a half years.
With the Hammond organ rising in popularity around Philadelphia, jobs for bass players were scarce, and McGriff contacted Groove Holmes about learning the organ, this time in earnest. Skipping more and more work time to play gigs, he finally quit the police force, and enrolled at the local Combe College to study music. McGriff was performing in a small club in Trenton, NJ in when a talent scout from the small Jell label heard him and offered him a chance to record.
McGriff made Groove Merchant his primary label inand although he briefly quit the business in to start a horse farm in Connecticut, the lure of music proved too powerful to overcome. He resurfaced on the Milestone label indebuting with Countdown, a return to his classic, bluesy soul-jazz style that started to bring him back into the jazz spotlight. As soul-jazz returned to cult popularity in both America and the U.
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