Jimmy McGriff

Red Beans [LRC]

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On Red Beans, Jimmy McGriff rolls out electric piano and clavinet alongside his signature Hammond B-3 to create one of the more varied and unusual sessions in his discography. Brad Baker's smooth, fusion-inspired arrangements further distance the album from McGriff's seminal soul-jazz sets, but the approach -- in every sense a product of its times -- suits him well, and even though the material is lightweight, with a regrettable reliance on novelty titles (e.g. "Big Booty Bounce," "Space Cadet," and "Overweight Shark Bait"), McGriff's absolute mastery of the groove remains unquestioned.

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