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Jimmy McGriff: McGriff Avenue

Jimmy McGriff lays down a homecoming groove. A recording artist for 43 years, his organ playing has always proved a trustworthy and substantive source of blues-funk-soul-roots jazz. While his albums are much alike in terms of material and, to a certain extent, instrumentation, they are also consistently likeable, warm, and affirmative.

McGriff Avenue, produced by the ever-dependable Bob Porter, features saxophonists Bill Easley, Gordon Beadle and Ronnie Cuber, guitarist Rodney Jones and/or Melvin Sparks-Hassan, bassist Wilbur Bascomb and drummer Bernard Purdie or Don Williams. The CD leads off with McGriff’s “All About My Girl,” a tune that became an R&B hit for the organist in the early ’60s, and “The Worm,” another McGriff hit original from the ’60s, appears later in the lineup.

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