Thursday, 27 August 2009

Brother Jack McDuff ”The Best Of Brother Jack McDuff Live!”

Brother Jack McDuff

”The Best Of Brother Jack McDuff Live!”
( LP Prestige Records, Mid 1960 )
Catalog # PR 7703

1.Blues 1 & 8
2.Sanctified Samba
3.Jive Samba
4.A Real Goodun’

Harold Vick Sax Soprano
Red Holloway Sax Tenor
George Benson Guitar
Joe Duke Drums
Jack McDuff Organ

Recorded Live in Europe
Courtesy of Disco Sete Records, São Paulo, Brasil
Thanks to Carlinhos!
–Ripped from the original vinyl for The Crew (JP)–

Biography (resumed):
b. Eugene McDuffy, 17th September 1926, Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. 23rd January 2001, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Jack McDuff was an excellent bandleader and organist on the Hammond B-3.
He began as a bassist playing with Denny Zeitlin and Joe Farrell.
Jack studied privately in Cinncinnati and worked with Johnny Griffin in Chicago.
He taught himself organ and piano in the mid-’50’s, and began gaining attention working with Willis Jackson in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, recording soul jazz sides for Prestige.
Jack made his recording debut as a leader for Prestige in 1960, playing in a studio pickup band with Jimmy Forrest.
They made the albums, ‘Tough Duff’ and ‘The Honeydripper’.
Jack organized his own band the next year, featuring Harold Vick and drummer Joe Dukes.
Jack then hired a young guitarist named George Benson.
They were among the most popular combo’s of the mid-’60’s, and made several albums.
Jack’s later groups at Atlantic and Cadet weren’t seen as of the quality of The Benson band, while later dates for Verve and Cadet were generally seen as of a high standard.
He experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion during the ’70’s, then in the ’80’s got back in the groove with the Muse session Cap’n Jack.
Other musicians McDuff played with in the ’60’s and ’70’s include Joe Henderson, Pat Martino, Jimmy Witherspoon, David “Fathead” Newman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons.
There are only a few McDuff sessions available on CD, though they include the fine sessions with Forrest.
His work with Benson has also been reissued on CD.
For soul and Jazz Funk fans, McDuff’s period in the seventies and early eighties will endure with the releases ‘Sophisticated Funk’ and ‘Kisses’ on the Sugarhill label.
Jack McDuff died Tuesday 23rd January 2001 of an apparent heart attack.
He was 74.

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