Thursday, 27 August 2009

George Benson & Brother Jack McDuff ”George Benson / Jack McDuff”

George Benson & Brother Jack McDuff

George Benson / Jack McDuff
( Double LP Prestige Records, 1964-1965 )
Catalog # P 24072 (Original issue)
Also as Cat.#45-317, PRLP 7310
& Fantasy Rec. Cat.#OJC 461, OJCCD 461-2

1. Shadow Dancers 4:46
2. The Sweet Alice Blues 4:38
3. I Don’t Know 6:49
4. Just Another Sunday 3:03
5. Will You Still Be Mine 4:28
6. Easy Living 6:39
7. Rock-A-Bye 3:59
8. Hot Barbecue 2:59
9. The Party’s Over 6:48
10. Briar Patch 2:53
11. Hippy Dip 6:27
12. 601 ½ No. Poplar 4:14
13. Cry Me A River 4:47
14. The Three Day Thang 3:38

Personnel & Credits:
George Benson – Brother Jack McDuff Quintet
Red Holloway (ts)
Brother Jack McDuff (org, p)
George Benson (g)
Ronnie Boykins (b)
Montego Joe (d)
Recorded in NYC, May 1, 1964
The Shadow Dancers Prestige 45-317, PRLP 7310
The Sweet Alice Blues Prestige PRLP 7310
I Don’t Know -
Easy Living -
Just Another Sunday Prestige 45-317, PRLP 7310
Will You Still Be Mine? Prestige PRLP 7310
Rock-A-Bye -

A double-length package of organ/guitar greatness — and a set that features key 60s work by Hammond hero Jack McDuff and guitarist George Benson! First up is The New Boss Guitar Of George Benson — the first album ever cut by Benson as a leader, a cooker of a soul jazz set, recorded back when George was the guitarist in Jack McDuff’s classic 60s quartet! The album’s almost a McDuff Quartet one — since Jack’s on Hammond and Red Holloway is on tenor — but the group’s slightly different too, with the surprising additions of Montego Joe on drums, and Ronnie Boykins on bass! Benson’s guitar is amazing throughout — sharp-edged and played with a tightness that’s quite different than most of his later work — and titles include “Shadow Dancers”, “The Sweet Alice Blues”, “Just Another Sunday”, “Easy Living”, and “Rock A Bye”. Next up is Hot Barbeque — one of our all-time favorite albums from Brother Jack McDuff! The combo here is great — with a young George Benson hard-wailing on guitar, cutting lines so fast and furious it’s hard to believe — especially if you only know his later work. The legendary Joe Dukes is on drums — dancing all over the place under Brother Jack’s great groovy solos — and Red Holloway completes the group on tenor sax! The title track’s got a rare vocal refrain — with Jack shouting out “Hot Barbeque” over the organ — and other cuts include “Briar Patch”, “Hippy Dip”, “601 1/2 North Polar”, and “The Three Day Thang”.
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