Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Jimmy McGriff ”Flyin’ Time”

Jimmy McGriff

Flyin’ Time
(Fly Dude GM509-Let’s Stay Together GM506)
( Double LP Groove Merchant Records, 1975 )
Catalog # GM-4403

A1 Everyday I Have The Blues (3:42)
A2 Jumping The Blues (4:15)
A3 That Healin’ Feeling (5:09)
A4 Cotton Boy Blues (8:35)
B1 Yardbird Suite (6:37)
B2 The Groove Fly (5:51)
B3 It’s You I Adore (5:41)
B4 Butterfly (4:04)
C1 Let’s Stay Together (2:45)
C2 Tiki (4:20)
C3 Theme From Shaft (4:00)
C4 What’s Going On (4:33)
D1 Old Grand Dad (5:04)
D2 Georgia On My Mind (6:42)
D3 April In Paris (5:03)

Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1975

Double-length work from Jimmy McGriff — 2 albums in 1 from the Groove Merchant label!
The first half of the set features the album Fly Dude — some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff, and a session that’s a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set’s kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff’s 60s years, and his return to the format at the end of the 70s — and the group’s a quintet, with Ronald Arnold on tenor, George Freeman on guitar, John Thomas on rhythm guitar, and Marion Booker on drums. There’s some slight funky undercurrents — especially from Freeman’s guitar lines, which have a nice degree of grit — which Jimmy seems to match nicely. Titles include “The Groove Fly”, “It’s You I Adore”, “Jumping The Blues”, and “Healin’ Feeling”. Next is the album Let’s Stay Together — an early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy’s grooving with a larger group here — but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material — like “Shaft”, “What’s Going On”, and “Let’s Stay Together” — hewn in the organ funk mode that Jimmy pioneered and honed with his trademark expertise. Another highlight of the record is an original called “Tiki”, that has a slight exotica feel to it, coming off very nice with Jimmy’s organ work! Other tracks include “Georgia On My Mind” and “April In Paris”.
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By Pier

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