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After a long string of Prestige recordings, organist Jack McDuff recorded a few LPs for Atlantic (all of which are currently out of print) in a similar soul-jazz style. The only change was that the length of the tunes tended to fall into the potential radio airplay range of four to six minutes. McDuff and his regular group of the period (Leo Johnson and Danny Turner on reeds, underrated guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Ray Appleton) swing their way through five of McDuff's originals and two obscurities with plenty of spirit, if not a great deal of originality. [A Japanese reissue was released in 2005.]


Born: 17 September 1926 in Champaign, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A marvelous bandleader and organist as well as capable arranger, "Brother" Jack McDuff has one of the funkiest, most soulful styles of all time on the Hammond B-3. His rock-solid basslines and blues-drenched solos are balanced by clever, almost pianistic melodies and interesting progressions and phrases. McDuff began as a bassist playing with Denny Zeitlin and Joe Farrell. He studied privately in Cincinnati and worked with Johnny Griffin in Chicago. He taught himself organ and piano in the mid-'50s,...
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Do It Now, Jack McDuff
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  • 5,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 15 December 1966

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