While organist Jimmy McGriff's recordings always had an R&B groove to them, the 1971 release Soul Sugar may well be his funkiest album ever. Under the guidance of producer Sonny Lester and backed by a crack rhythm section, McGriff divides his time almost equally between originals and contemporary pop and R&B covers. Listen to (and download if you so desire) what he does with James Brown's Ain't It Funky Now. The MP3 is taken from the original vinyl album on Capitol.
Ain't It Funky Now
Soul Sugar was paired with another McGriff album from 1971, Groove Grease, for a CD release in 2008. It's no longer available on disc but the complete 2-for-1 is available as a download.
For those interested, here's the band on Soul Sugar:
Flute, Tenor Sax: Cliff Davis
Trumpet: Murray Watson
Baritone Sax: Johnny Board
Electric Piano: Horace Ott
Guitar: Larry Frazier
Bass: Richard Davis
Drums: Marion J. Booker
Conga, Tambourine: Lawrence Killian
The personnel differs slightly for Groove Grease.
From YouTube, here's another track from Soul Sugar.