Jimmy McGriff, Groove Grease

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Soul jazz at its by-god funkiest.

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.