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Friday, May 30, 2008

Jimmy McGriff RIP

Just received this from Bob Corritore via email.

  • RIP Jimmy McGriff 4/3/36-5/24/08: Jimmy McGriff was an amazingly gifted Hammond B3 Organ player who, though most embraced by jazz audiences, always considered himself to be a blues musician. His pioneering and spirited performances have left an indelible imprint on the legacy of his instrument. He passed away Saturday from what is believed to be heart failure at a nursing home in New Jersey. He was 72. Some of his most memorable hits include his instrumental version of Ray Charles' “I’ve Got A Woman”, the tonally textured “MG Blues”, and the rowdy blues shuffle “All About My Girl”. In later years, Jimmy teamed up with saxophonist Hank Crawford for some memorable albums (some produced by Bob Porter) and zesty live performances. His passing is great loss for both the blues and jazz communities. His masterful touch will never be replaced, while at the same time his influence will never be denied. For a complete bio of Jimmy McGriff, click here. For the Los Angeles Times article on Jimmy's passing, click here.

Jimmy McGriff on YouTube:

"Turn Blue" (with slide show)

"I Got A Woman"

Interview and organ demonstration

1 comment:

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