Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Jimmy McGriff - Red Beans


73.4 MB
256+ VBR LAME mp3
Vinyl rip & scans from Groove Merchant GM-3314

See yesterday's post for the full 411 on McGriff's 70s period and composer/arranger/conductor Brad Baker. I don't find this one as strong as Mean Machine, probably due to the lack of giants such as Joe Thomas and Cornell Dupree on this effort. The Brecker Brothers and veteran session men Jon Faddis & Alan Rubin try their best on the horn side, but it's still a little shy of Joe's blowing.

Jimmy McGriff - Organ, Acoustic Piano, Clavinet & Electric Piano
Bob Babbitt
- Bass
Jerry Friedman
- Guitar
Lance Quinn - Guitar
Pat Rebillot - Keyboards
Barry Lazarowitz - Drums
Gary Mure - Drums
Alan Rubin - Trumpet
Jon Faddis -
Randy Brecker
- Trumpet
Barry Rogers - Trombone
Dave Taylor
- Trombone
George Young - Saxophone
Lew Delgatto
- Saxophone
Mike Brecker
- Saxophone
Jimmy Maelen - Percussion

Viola - Julian Barber, Seymour Berman
Violin - Carol Webb, Harold Kohan, Harry Cykman, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, John Pintavalle, Norman Carr, Peter Dimitriades, Richard Sortomme, Tony Posk
Cello - Jesse Levy, Kermit Moore
Vocals - David Lasley, Arnold McCullen

Producer - Sonny Lester

1 Red Beans
2 Big Booty Lounge
3 Space Cadet
4 Cakes Alive
5 Sweet Love
6 Love Is My Life

Dusty Groove's review:

Jimmy McGriff picks up a few more keyboards than straight Hammond organ -- but that's ok with us, given the great results of the set! The album's got McGriff working on electric piano and clavinet alongside the organ -- plus supporting arrangements from Brad Baker, in that fuller, Kudu-styled approach to jazz funk that Groove Merchant used strongly in the mid 70s -- a slightly smoother sound than before, but still plenty darn great, and definitely filled with more than enough jazz to keep things real! Pat Rebillot plays some additional keyboards on the album -- in that funky style he used well at the time -- and there's almost a spacey Fantasy Records quality to some of the best numbers here! Titles include the incredible tripped out break cut "Space Cadet", plus "Love Is My Life", "Sweet Love", "Big Booty Bounce", "Red Beans", and "Cakes Alive".

Doug Payne's review:

RED BEANS was the second of Jimmy McGriff's disco productions guided by Groove Merchant house arranger, Brad Baker (whose best work always featured McGriff). McGriff helms most of the six disco tunes here on instruments other than his familiar Hammond B-3. He leads on clavinet for "Red Beans," piano for "Space Cadet" and "Love Is My Life," electric piano for "Cakes Alive" and, finally gets back to the organ for the regrettably titled "Big Booty Bounce." McGriff riffs well, as expected, on the disco rhythms and, surprisingly, distinguishes himself on other keyboards with the same kind of soul and wit that's made him recognizable on the organ. The moodiest tracks ("Space Cadet," "Love Is My Life") are the best features for McGriff and Michael Brecker is also heard soloing on "Red Beans" and "Cakes Alive." All six tracks of this 1976 LP were issued on a 1994 CD that also included four of the six songs from THE MEAN MACHINE.

Going into the hundreds of sessions the brothers did together and individually would be silly. The best thing would be to check their credits on AMG and see how many albums you already own on which they appear. They're best known for their evergreen single "Some Skunk Funk" which appears on countless jazzfunk compilations. If you're interested in more of their output as a team then you might want to check out the following releases as a duo during their first fertile period:

1975 Brecker Bros. (recently reissued)
1975 Back to Back at Proyectos de Futuro
1976 The Bijou Cafe (live) (bootleg) at dexondaz
1977 Don't Stop the Music at mec fais tourner les skeuds
1978 Blue Montreux [live]
1978 Heavy Metal Be-Bop (live) at The Sky Moves Sideways
1980 Detente
at Proyectos de Futuro
1980 Straphangin' at Best of...Both Worlds

If you're just lookin' for the money, grab the East River best of from 1997.

If it's Red Beans you're after, Soundological serves 'em up on a PVC platter HERE and HERE


Hanimex 3000 said...

great work yep.
I own this one and find it really efficient (loooove "cakes alive" and the title track)... but if you say "mean machine" is better I know what I ought to do right now

cheeba said...

Me, I'm a sucker for Space Cadet despite the copious strings. Guess it's cuz I am one!

B3 said...

fantastic post my friend. I'm a total McGriff head myself. Please stop by my blog rootsisforeveryone.blogspot.com where I've just posted several McGriff records

cheeba said...

Thanks for dropping by, B3. I must say just got around to checking your spot and you have some serious Hammond madness going on!

taro nombei said...

Just getting into some McGriff funk over the holidays. Hope you've had a good one too!
Many thanks for this one - and for Mean Machine too
best from Tokyo...

cheeba said...

Hi Taro!

I had a hectic but happy holiday, thanks for asking. Hope you did as well in Tokyo! Since you spent some of it with McGriff it sounds like it was fun and funky!

You're welcome for the sounds and thanks for dropping a line!