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Organ master Jimmy McGriff may have studied formally at Juilliard and at Philadelphia's Combe College of Music, but there's nothing fancy about his music. It's basic to the bone, always swinging and steeped in blues and gospel. McGriff's brand of jazz is about feeling. "That's the most important thing," he says. Blues has been the backbone of most of the major jazz organists, including Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but throughout his 42-year recording career, McGriff has stuck closer to the blues than any of them. "People are always classifying me as a jazz organist, but I'm more of a blues organ player," he insists

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Blue Note Series of Rare Summer Grooves

Read "Blue Note Series of Rare Summer Grooves" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in September 2002 under the old Combing the Blue Note Catalog column. The Rascals knew all about it. They expressed it perfectly in one of their biggest hit singles: Ain't nothing like groovin' on a Sunday afternoon. Not much serves the purpose of that groove ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Color Red Records: A Label, Sound, and Vision

Read "Color Red Records: A Label, Sound, and Vision" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


When Eddie Roberts, leader of The New Mastersounds, moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2015, he discovered a local music scene that contributed to his vision for a new type of music organization: a label that would be more than a label, producing and releasing music that would be more than (good) music--music that would establish a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jimmy McGriff, Towner Galaher, Woody Herman & Joel Goodman

Read "Jimmy McGriff, Towner Galaher, Woody Herman & Joel Goodman" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the genius of composer & pianist Joel Goodman, we enter the 811th Episode of Neon Jazz with \music off his 2023 album An Exquisite Moment. We also hear new jazz from emerging musicians in Chloe Jean, Benny Benack III and Tigrane Kazazian. Also, veterans including Towner Galaher, Marc Ciprut and the great Doug Macdonald joined ...

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Article: Album Review

Tim Carman Trio: King Comfy

Read "King Comfy" reviewed by Doug Collette


On King Comfy, Tim Carman Trio plays with such irrepressible glee that it is difficult, if not impossible, to resist the vivacious charm of their musicianship. Over the course of the album's forty-minutes, its tongue-in- cheek title becomes as much (or more) of a direct reflection of the band's natural fluidity as its ingratiating cover photo. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux

Read "Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux" reviewed by Doug Collette


It's fair to say that the organ trio is one of the most durable instrumental concepts in the jazz milieu. It's equally reasonable to state it's one of the most malleable as well: apart from the indispensable Hammond B3 keyboard, accompanying sounds customarily come from a guitar or saxophone. Early practitioners of the concept such as ...

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Article: Album Review

Towner Galaher Organ Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


There is a proverb which states “everything old is new again"; it seems perfectly applicable to the latest release by drummer Towner Galaher, Live, on which he gives a tip of the cap to the classic organ trios which were front and center in clubs and on records during the '50s and '60s. Supported by Lonnie ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Conrad Herwig: Obligation

Read "Conrad Herwig: Obligation" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Jazz fans tend to be fanatical about those artists that most directly speak to their own musical tastes. Over time, a sense of familiarity with the musical personalities of their iconic favorites becomes entrenched, followed by categorization based on style and genre. Those already familiar with Conrad Herwig's musical endeavors over the past 20 years are ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cecil Taylor, Ellington Seattle Concert, Aretha Franklin

Read "Cecil Taylor, Ellington Seattle Concert, Aretha Franklin" reviewed by David Brown


This week on the Jazz Continuum, we celebrate the birthday of Aretha Franklin with her music and Franklin covers by Philly organist Jimmy McGriff. We'll continue with a musical tribute to Cecil Taylor, one of the most uncompromisingly gifted pianists in jazz history who was born on this day in 1929. We'll be spinning from Taylor's ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts

Read "The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Throughout my Chats with Cats columns I've tried to seek out information and advice from professionals across the jazz spectrum to give musicians, like myself, the tools to forward their own careers. This is an unprecedented time where technology has put it all out there for the taking. I discuss all of this in my Mind ...


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