Jazz Greats Tuesdays on WFCF

"Jazz Greats" every Tuesday from 3-7pm Eastern on WFCF 88Five St. Augustine! From seriously ancient to just-released, from the obscure & forgotten to household names - but always tasty! There's a slight emphasis on 60's & 70's jazz (always a track from CTI) with a few tablespoons of fun & local flavor thrown in. Click here to listen online!

Also check out Palm Coast Jazz, a podcast I co-host filled with splendid original jazz from Florida musicians! My syndicated show "Kendo's Jazz Sampler" is on hiatus since I've become jazz director at WFCF.

Song titles with an asterisk are "currents" at the time of airplay.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Retro Review - Jimmy McGriff!

The Worm!

This is a bit of a mixed bag, genre-wise; but I heartily approve! It starts out like future albums - very funky dance-oriented organ jazz. But track three sets a new pace: burning uptempo jazz with a large ensemble. "Heavyweight" loosely resembles "Grantstand" harmonically by Grant Green from a few years earlier.The presence of Blue Mitchell (trumpet) and Fats Theus (tenor sax) set this album apart from looser soul-jazz dates along with legendary Mel Lewis kicking a$$ on drums.A cover of Aretha's "Think" and a tune called "Blue Juice" which is in fact "High Heeled Sneakers" thinly veiled, along with a simmering "Girl Talk" (Neal Hefti) are all burning performances. Fats has the varitone on ocassionally, and one Thornell Schwartz is a killer addition on guitar. It's basically everything you wanted from McGriff; soul jazz meets emotionally fulfilling postbop. - Kendo

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