Saturday, 20 March 2010

Jimmy McGriff, George Freeman, Lucky Thompson ''Concert - Friday The 13th — Cook County Jail''

Jimmy McGriff, George Freeman, Lucky Thompson

''Concert - Friday The 13th — Cook County Jail''
( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1972 )
Catalog # GM-515

1. Freedom Suite, Part I
2. Freedom Suite, Part II
3. Green Dolphin Street
4. Everything Happens to Me
5. Cherokee

Jimmy McGriff (org)
George Freeman, O'Donel Levy (g)
Mickey Bass (b)
Marion Booker, Jr. (d)

Other titles on Groove Merchant GM-515, Beast Retro 12072 by Lucky Thompson.
Live at Cook County Jail; Chicago, Illinois: October 13, 1972

Issues: a-b on Groove Merchant GM-515, Unidisc/Groove Merchant (Can) GM-515 , Beast Retro 12072.
Samplers: a also on Groove Merchant GM-4405 titled LIVE BLUES IN CONCERT and LaserLight 15 779 titled BLUES IN THE NIGHT.
Producer: Sonny Lester
Engineer: Paul Serrano, Malcolm Addey
Notes: Tom Surowicz (Beast Retro 12072 ).

This album contains two separate sets that were both performed before inmates at the Cook County Jail one day in 1972. Organist Jimmy McGriff and his quintet (with guitarists George Freeman and O'Donell Levy, bassist Mickey Bass and drummer Marion Booker, Jr.) performs his lengthy two-part "Freedom Suite," generating a great deal of heat. Lucky Thompson, mostly on soprano, jams on three standards with keyboardist Cedar Walton, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes. Thompson's hot playing (particularly on "Cherokee") makes this album worth searching for.
By Scott Yanow
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