Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff "Road Tested"

Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff

( Milestone Records, 1997 )
Catalog # 9274

01 Peanuts
02. I Only Have Eyes for You
03. Happy Feet
04. For Sentimental Reasons
05. Caravan
06. Road Tested
07. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
08. Mr. P.C.
09. Summertime
10. Little Bit South of East St. Louis

Hank Crawford - Alto Saxophone
Jimmy McGriff - Hammond X-B3 organ
Wayne Boyd - Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 30 & July 1, 1997.

Jimmy McGriff continued on a high roll on his second tour with Milestone, taping another dual-billed soul-jazz album with the redoubtable Hank Crawford. You know what to expect by now -- hardass, down-home, blues-drenched organ trio-plus-sax grooving -- but this is a really potent gusher of that genre, rising to the level of McGriff's idiom-defining The Dream Team from 1996. Throughout, Crawford produces some sterling roadhouse tenor work and guitarist Wayne Boyd stays resolutely in the pocket. Drummer Bernard Purdie stokes the engines from the opening crack of the funky "Peanuts," and contributes to a refreshingly kicking transformation of "I Only Have Eyes for You," and lays on a devastating backbeat whenever asked. John Coltrane's minor blues "Mr. P.C." also responds well to the soul-jazz treatment. Recorded the old-fashioned Prestige way -- in two sessions, with Bob Porter producing in Rudy Van Gelder's studio -- it's amazing and gratifying that bluesicians are still allowed to make records this way.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

By Rob

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