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Posted: May 27, 2008 1:59 pm
from the fmu list:


McGriff, who died Saturday May 24th, passed after a
very long illness with MS. He grooved as hard as any
organist I know. I wonder whether there's ever been a
song title that accurately reflected an artist's work
as well as "Groove Grease" from McGriff's album of the
same name. And McGriff's funky licks on the title
track of his "The Main Squeeze" album will make every
part of your body shake. But as hard as those songs
groove, they're filled with subtle little flourishes,

Everything McGriff played was filled with soul, but I
especially love his covers of soul tunes. Check out
his Let's Stay Together album and you'll find yourself
wishing he'd been the house organist for Al Green,
Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye as you listen to covers of
"Let's Stay Together," "Theme From Shaft" and "What's
Going On."

McGriff's many collaborations with saxophonist Hank
Crawford are even more soulful; their rendition of
"Summertime" from the Road Tested album is straight
out of the church.

James Harrell McGriff (Born April 3, 1936, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Died May 24, 2008)

The McGriff family has made the following funeral
arrangements for our beloved organ legend: Friday, May
30 (4pm to 8pm)

Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church

Funeral Services
Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church
4500 North 10th Avenue at Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-329-8859
Viewing 9 am-11am
Funeral service at 11am
Burial after service

Posted: May 27, 2008 2:19 pm

Glad I got see the man, a true badass.

I will be listening to him tonight.
Posted: May 27, 2008 4:27 pm
Respect the groove. RIP
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