Like most of his contemporaries, Hammond B-3 whiz McGriff got progressively funkier as the '60s turned into the '70s, and 1971's impeccable Groove Grease is one funky mutha of a soul jazz record. "The Bird" and the title track are justifiably revered by DJs everywhere, but even initially-less-promising prospects like "Red Sails in the Sunset," "Secret Love" and Henry Mancini's "Mr. Lucky" are totally turned out by McGriff's warm runs and Marion Booker's stupefyingly funky drum breaks.
By Britt Robson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Here's an all-star hard-bop quintet perfectly balanced between the erudite and introspective (tenorist Golson, bassist Ron Carter), the bristling and blues-oriented (pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Marvin "Smitty"...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...
By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
In 1995, when the Clueless soundtrack was originally released, it wasn't available on vinyl. As if. The music from the hit Alicia Silverstone comedy did, however, include a couple of songs from some of the era's best-lik...