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Drunky Organ

These are all going to be connected in the end.

See, Jimmy McGriff was another cat who started on a different instrument before moving on to the Hammond B3. He started out on drums, moved on to bass, sax and vibes before trying the Hammond after seeing Richard “Groove” Holmes doing his thing. After a stint in the Army and as a cop, he eventually hooked up with Holmes to get lessons on the Hammond, storing his at his friend, Archie Shepp‘s house. Once he was down, his first recording had the young saxophonist, Charles Earland, who jumped off to play the Hammond himself, after receiving lessons from McGriff.

McGriff went on to have a long career, material up into 2002. I always dug McGriff because he covered a lot of contemporary stuff during the 70s, so it was familiar to me while sneaking in a little jazz. So, I’m giving you a couple of covers along with some of his original cuts.

The next post finishes the look at some of the masters of the Hammond.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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On the Street Where You Live- Jimmy McGriff

 

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Ain’t it Funky Now- Jimmy McGriff

 

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That’s the Way I Feel- Jimmy McGriff

 

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Spinning Wheel- Jimmy McGriff

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It’s Like A Heatwave…

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We are in the middle of a semi-heat wave, so there is no better band that could represent the heat than these guys right here. A couple of brothers ( who were actual brothers), a Spaniard, a Czech, and a couple of Americans came together to form a very soulful band. Some people say that they were Disco, and they were, but the roots were pure soul. The three albums I dug to get theses songs: Too Hot to Handle, Central Heating, and Hot Property, all came out while we were living in Germany. The Germans loved it for the disco sound while the Black G.I.s dug the soul. It was played at the carnivals, beer fest and my tiny youth center dances. The first two albums were “play the entire album” list in my house, but I tried to pick the ones that weren’t the BIG hits, though they were all big hits to me.

Anyway, get in the house and stay cool fools.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

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Too Hot to Handle- Heatwave

 

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Central Heating- Heatwave

 

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Send Out for Sunshine- Heatwave

 

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Therm Warfare- Heatwave

 

 

This last one doesn’t really have anything to do with heat, but the harmonies are way too tight to not include this one.

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Super Soul Sister- Heatwave

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Swear You Don’t Miss The Organ Grinder…

I’ve been looking up information on the next organist, Brother Jack McDuff, and I was excited to see that he “studied privately in Cincinnati”. It’s always cool to see the people who got their musical start and inspiration here in Cincy, even though none of it has rubbed off on me. So I dig a little bit deeper. Nothing about what he exactly did here. Dug some more. Nothin’. Dug up just a little bit more…

A matter of fact, everything I looked up said the same thing: “studied privately in Cincinnati”. Now he did start out playing the bass, and that’s probably the answer right there but, C’mon man! Everyone wrote his bio using Wiki? Really? What? I am too? Anyway…

Like a lot of the jazz organist out there, Jack heard THE jazz organist, Jimmy Smith, and that was that. He switched to the Hammond B3 and put his feet in it. I always like McDuff because he did a lot of his own compositions. That, and the name, Brother Jack McDuff, is just so cool sounding. It sounds like a guy that was down for the revolution. Then he went and changed it to Captain Jack McDuff, and I remembered that the revolution would not be televised. But I (a.k.a. Brother Blood) remember Brother Jack…

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Oblighetto- Brother Jack McDuff

 

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Grease Monkey- The Brother Jack McDuff Quartet

 

 

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