Dinner Music: Jimmy McGriff
steamy and soulful lounge funk feat. the hammond organ
Jimmy McGriff was an American jazz and blues organist, primarily known for his playing of the Hammond organ. He was born in Philadelphia in the late 1930s and came into music through his father, who played the piano and encouraged McGriff’s learning from an early age. McGriff played the piano, the saxophone and bass before finally settling on the organ. After working for a time as a police officer, he spent much of his career playing the East Coast club circuit. He was known for playing jazz as dance music — over swing, shuffle and funk rhythms. He played in a focused blues language that built a gospel-like intensity through his solos*.
Electric Funk was released in 1969 and is comprised of a handful of recorded performances by McGriff in that same year. “It's not jazz, it's jazzy soul, and it's among the funkiest of any soul-jazz records from the late '60s, filled with stuttering drum breaks, lite fuzz guitars, elastic bass, smoldering organ, and punchy, slightly incongruous horn charts,” said reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine. The album is funky, smoky, late-night sounds that bring the feel of the late sixties alive.
Jimmy McGriff - Electric Funk:
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Juicy Chicken 101. Look, I typically don’t really trust a chicken breast recipe. By don’t trust, I mean I usually swap them out for thighs. But, I’m always interested in a sear + bake method, plus the spice blend is *chefs kiss.*
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