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. Former host/creator of syndicated show "Kendo's Jazz Sampler".

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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