Brother Jack McDuff: Jack McDuff Big Band (2003)
Benny Golson’s arrangements sound less like TV series soundtracks and more like thoughtful big band charts. He proves equally adept at scoring McDuff’s "Kettle of Fish" or "Dig Cousin Will" as he is at Henry Mancini’s "Theme from the Pink Panther" or the traditional "English Country Gardens." McDuff slides evenly between the sheet of his small group and this big band, providing fireworks and detonating swing all around him. Red Holloway joins Golson on tenor saxophone, turning in creative solo after solo. George Benson and Pat Martino stay on hand to kick things into overdrive when needed and to cool things off when necessary.
Prelude is a satisfying big band-organ marriage. This current release contains the original nine selections presented on Prelude and expands this base by adding eleven additional songs from the same period. That alone makes this a superb combination and a must for all McDuff fans.
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Track Listing: A Kettle Of Fish; Candlelight; Put On A Happy Face; Prelude; Mean To Me; Carry Me Home; Easy Living; Oh Look At Me Now; Dig Cousin Will; Theme From The Carpetbaggers; Theme From The Pink Panther; You
Personnel: Brother Jack Mcduff
Record Label: Prestige Records