This major quartet has worked together since the late '80s. Jimmy McGriff is one of the giants of the Hammond organ and one of the bluesiest players ever to be called a jazz musician. McGriff stakes out a musical territory all his own, somewhere between the jazz of Jimmy Smith and the R&B of Booker T. and the MGs.
Since McGriff reached prominence in 1962 with his smash hit instrumental, I've Got A Woman, he has been revered as "the best blues-playing organist of them all". Though often classified as a jazz organist because he has imprinted his note-bending playing style on some of the best jazz standards, he remains one of the top Hammond B-3ers in the history of R&B, using his own style which is unlike that of his teacher, Jimmy Smith.
Fifty-seven year old McGriff grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by some of the pioneers of modern jazz organ, as well as other instrumentalists who would become top performers -- early musical associates were saxophonist Charles Earland and Archie Shepp, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Donald Bailey. McGriff left a career in law enforcement to concentrate on music full time.
Since his big break with the Ray Charles band in the late 1950s, alto saxophonist Hank Crawford's searing, well-rounded sound has become one of the more recognizable and distinctive in the jazz world. An all-around player whose style has influenced contemporary saxmen, including David Sanborn, Crawford is also an accomplished leader-arranger who has composed and performed with a variety of pop/blues artists.
Right Turn On Blue is a session reminiscent of the groovin' Hammond B-3 quartets so popular in the Fifties and Sixties. Guitarist Rodney Jones brings his warm, melodic licks to the session and drummer Jesse "Cheese" Hameen II maintains the beat in fine style. Meshing soulfully, these artists take a swinging, finger-snapping, feel-good trip on the down-home road.