The Mean Machine (album)

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The Mean Machine
The Mean Machine (album).jpg
Studio album by
StudioNew York City, NY
LabelGroove Merchant
GM 3311
ProducerSonny Lester
Jimmy McGriff chronology
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The Mean Machine is an album by American jazz organist Jimmy McGriff recorded in 1976 and released on the Groove Merchant label.[1][2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[4]

Allmusic's Jason Ankeny said: "Ironically enough, Mean Machine captures Jimmy McGriff at his sweetest. Employing electric piano as much as his signature organ, its grooves are disappointingly tepid, favoring a CTI-inspired smooth jazz approach at odds with McGriff's essential funkiness. Brad Baker's lush arrangements are largely to blame here, evoking the sound but not the kinetic energy of blaxploitation cinema".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Feels So Nice (Do It Again)" (Brad Baker, Lance Quinn) − 6:04
  2. "The Mean Machine" (Baker, Joe Thomas) − 5:54
  3. "Please Don't Take Me Out" (Baker) − 6:05
  4. "Get Back' (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) − 5:30
  5. "Overweight Shark Bait" (Robert Kriener) − 4:41
  6. "Pogo's Stick" (Quinn) − 5:55



  1. ^ Payne, D. Jimmy McGriff Discography, accessed April 16, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Groove Merchant Records 3300 Series, accessed April 16, 2018
  3. ^ Jazzlists: Album details, accessed April 16, 2018
  4. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. Mean Machine – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2018.