Jimmy McGriff Jimmy McGriff

Organ master Jimmy McGriff may have studied formally at Juilliard and at Philadelphia's Combe College of Music, but there's nothing fancy about his music. It's basic to the bone, always swinging and steeped in blues and gospel. McGriff's brand of jazz is about feeling. “That's the most important thing,” he says.

Blues has been the backbone of most of the major jazz organists, including Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but throughout his 42-year recording career, McGriff has stuck closer to the blues than any of them. “People are always classifying me as a jazz organist, but I'm more of a blues organ player,” he insists. “That's really what I feel.”

McGriff's recordings of “I've Got a Woman” and “All About My Girl” were r&b and jukebox staples during the Sixties. With McGriff Avenue, his fourteenth album for Milestone (counting the five he's cut as co-leader with Hank Crawford), the Hammond organ grinder remains true to the blues grounding for which he's famous. The way things turned out, McGriff Avenue was not just another record date for the organist and his sidemen, as producer Bob Porter recounts in the CD notes. Porter had booked a noon session at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio for September 11th, 2001, but that morning he quickly realized—especially since bridge and tunnel access to and from Manhattan was cut off soon after the World Trade Center towers were hit—that the session was not going to take place as scheduled.

Read more


Album Reviews
Read more articles




Similar Jazz Musicians

Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Grant Green Grant Green
Barbara Dennerlein Barbara Dennerlein
organ, Hammond B3
Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
Larry Young Larry Young
organ, Hammond B3
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
saxophone, tenor
Charles Earland Charles Earland
organ, Hammond B3
Joey DeFrancesco Joey DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
Richard "Groove" Holmes Richard "Groove" Holmes
organ, Hammond B3
Jack McDuff Jack McDuff
organ, Hammond B3
Big John Patton Big John Patton
organ, Hammond B3
Baby Face Willette Baby Face Willette
organ, Hammond B3
Shirley Scott Shirley Scott
organ, Hammond B3

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.