Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff “On The Blue Side”

Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff

“On The Blue Side”
( LP Milestone Records, 1989 )
Catalog # M-9177

01 Any Day Now
02 Jimmy’s Groove
03 The Glory of Love
04 You’re the One
05 Tuff
06 Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid
07 Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
08 Hank’s Groove

Hank Crawford, Sax (Alto)
Vance James, Drums
Jimmy McGriff, Organ
Jimmy Ponder, Guitar

One of the most consistent and most soulful of all jazz altoists, Hank Crawford sounds at his best when he has strong melodies to wrap his tone around, and when he can dig into the blues. Both aspects are true during this quartet outing which he co-leads with organist Jimmy McGriff. Crawford sounds particularly strong on “Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid” and “Hank’s Groove” and even if “Any Day Now” is a bit of a misfire, the interplay between the altoist and the organist (helped out by guitarist Jimmy Ponder’s occasional solos and strong support from drummer Vince James) makes this an excellent soul jazz effort overall.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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