Friday the 13th Cook County JailReleased: 1973Jimmy McGriff

LINER NOTES: Jimmy McGriff, Friday the 13th Cook County Jail (1973)

By: Scott Yanow

This album contains two separate sets that were both performed before inmates at the Cook County Jail one day in 1972. Organist Jimmy McGriff and his quintet (with guitarists George Freeman and O' Donell Levy, bassist Mickey Bass and drummer Marion Booker, Jr.) performs his lengthy two-part "Freedom Suite," generating a great deal of heat. Lucky Thompson, mostly on soprano, jams on three standards with keyboardist Cedar Walton, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes. Thompson's hot playing (particularly on "Cherokee") makes this album worth searching for.

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