Fly Dude

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Soul-jazz and Hammond B3 pioneer Jimmy McGriff made the Groove Merchant record label his home base for the better part of the 1970s, releasing the often overlooked Fly Dude in 1972. This is McGriff at his most varied. Working with Ronald Arnold on tenor saxophone, George Freeman and John Thomas on guitars, and Marion Booker Jr. on drums, McGriff tackles a Jimmy Smith tune "Jumping the Blues", a Memphis Slim classic "Everyday I Have the Blues", and a bop touchstone by sax great Charlie Parker "Yardbird Suite". The most interesting tracks, however, are McGriff originals, including a churchy blues called "Cotton Boy Blues" and two proto-funk pieces, "The Groove Fly" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Soul-jazz and Hammond B3 pioneer Jimmy McGriff made the Groove Merchant record label his home base for the better part of the 1970s, releasing the often overlooked Fly Dude in 1972. This is McGriff at his most varied. Working with Ronald Arnold on tenor saxophone, George Freeman and John Thomas on guitars, and Marion Booker Jr. on drums, McGriff tackles a Jimmy Smith tune "Jumping the Blues", a Memphis Slim classic "Everyday I Have the Blues", and a bop touchstone by sax great Charlie Parker "Yardbird Suite". The most interesting tracks, however, are McGriff originals, including a churchy blues called "Cotton Boy Blues" and two proto-funk pieces, "The Groove Fly" and "Butterfly." With Freeman and Arnold trading off lead lines with McGriff, Fly Dude has an ever-shifting perspective, and more than enough groove to keep everything sharp, all with a firm blues base. This CD reissue is from Japan's P-Vine label, and as always, they know quality when they hear it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2007
  • Label: Groove Merchant
  • UPC: 057362050921
  • Catalog Number: 509
  • Sales rank: 191,512

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy McGriff Primary Artist, Organ
George Freeman Guitar
Marion Booker Drums
John Thomas Guitar
Roland Arnold Tenor Saxophone
Ronald Arnold Tenor Saxophone
John Thomas Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Composer
Les McCann Composer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Sam Alexander Art Direction
Charlie Parker Composer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Sam Feldman Mastering
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