Sunday, May 25, 2008

RIP James Harrell McGriff

Happy trails to one of the pioneers and true Kings of the Hammond B-3, Mr. James Harrell McGriff. Born April 3, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died May 24, 2008

Here's a couple of my favorites to help keep the jams alive.
Dig the upbeat vibe of Boston Bust Out from the 1966 Bag Full Of Soul lp. And I challenge you to not get up and shake it a little as you crank up The Worm Jimmy's McGriff's Blue Note Records Greatest Hits lp from 1963.

Rest in peace dude, Jimmy, and muchas gracias for all the sweet sounds.

Heaven's Rock & Roll Band just got funkier.

I've only got, like 6 or 7 of the lps off of this incredible list:

James Harrell McGriff Discography:

Jimmy McGriff at the Organ; Sue 1963
I've Got a Woman; Sue, 1963
At The Apollo; Sue, 1963
Topkapi ; Sue, 1964
Blues For Mr. Jimmy; Sue, 1965
The Last Minute; Sue
One of Mine; Sue, 1963
A Bag Full of Soul; Solid State, 1966
The Big Band of Jimmy McGriff; Solid State1966
Cherry, 1966 Solid State, 1966
Tribute to Basie; 1966 LRC, 1966
I've Got a New Woman; Solid State, 1967
A Bag Full of Blues; Solid State, 1967
Step One; Solid State, 196?
Funkiest Little Band in the Land LRC, 1968
Georgia On My Mind; LRC
Christmas with McGriff; ? Black Label
The Worm Solid State, 1968
Organ and Blues Band Solid State, 1968
Honey Solid State, 1968
Electric Funk Blue Note, 1969
A Thing to Come By Solid State, 1970
Something to Listen To Blue Note, 1970
Let's Stay Together Groove Merchant, 1971
Groove Grease Groove Merchant, 1971
Good Things Don't Happen... Groove Merchant, 1971
Black Pearl Blue Note, 1971
Flydude Groove Merchant, 1972
If You're Ready Groove Merchant, 1973
Come Together (With "Groove" Holmes) Groove Merchant, 1973
Giants of the Organ in Concert ("Groove" Holmes) Groove Merchant, 1973
Supa Cookin' Groove Merchant, 1975
Stump Juice (Jimmy Ponder) Groove Merchant, 1975
Mean Machine Groove Merchant, 1976
Main Squeeze Groove Merchant, 1976
Flyin' Time Groove Merchant
Black and Blues Groove Merchant
Tail Gunner LRC, 1977
Outside Lookin' In LRC, 1978
Soul Organ 1978 Pickwick, 1978
Movin' Upside the Blues 1982 Jazz America
State of the Art Milestone
Hip Hop Bebop Milestone
Countdown 1983 Milestone, 1983
Skywalk 1984 Milestone, 1984
The Starting Five (Rusty Bryant) 1986 Milestone, 1986
Blue to the Bone (Melvin Sparks) Milestone, 1988
You Ought to Think Headfirst, 1990
The Jazz Collector Edition (L. Killian) Laserlight, 1991
In A Blue Mood Headfirst, 1991
Jimmy McGriff; Laserlight, 1991
Pullin' Out The Stops!-Best Of Blue Note/EMI, 1994
Right Turn On Blue (Hank Crawford) Telarc, 1994
Blues Groove; Milestone ?, 1995
One of Mine, 1996
Dream Team; Milestone ?, 1996
Friends Forever: In Memory of Kenny Drew, Milestone ?, 1997
Straight Up; Milestone ?, 1998
McGriff's HouseParty; Milestone, 2000
100% Pure Funk; Milestone, 2001.
McGriff Avenue; Milestone, 2002.