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Jimmy McGriff - Heavyweight

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Richard "Blue" Mitchell (tp); Arthur "Fats" Theus (el-ts); Danny Turner (as); Robert Ashton (bs); Jimmy McGriff (org); Thornel Schwartz (g); Bob Bushnell (el-b); Mel Lewis or Grady Tate (d).
recorded: New York City: August 19 or 22, 1968

James Harrell "Jimmy" McGriff (April 3, 1936 – May 24, 2008) was an American hard bop and soul-jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who developed a distinctive style of playing the Hammond B-3 organ.

McGriff recorded a series of popular albums for the Sue label between 1962 and 1965, ending with what still stands as one of his finest examples of blues-based jazz, Blues for Mister Jimmy. When producer Sonny Lester started his Solid State record label in 1966, he recruited McGriff to be his star attraction. Lester framed McGriff in many different groups, performing a wide variety of styles and giving the organist nearly unlimited opportunities to record. McGriff was heard everywhere from an all-star tribute to Count Basie; The Big Band, a series of organ and blues band records such as A Thing to Come By (1969), pop hits ("Cherry", "The Way You Look Tonight") and funk classics (Electric Funk and singles such as "The Worm" and "Step 1").

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