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50th Anniversary Blue Notes for December, Including The Rare Jazz Wave on Tour

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50th anniversary Blue Notes from December 1969 this week from Jack McDuff (Moon Rappin') and Reuben Wilson (the seriously greasy Blue Mode) and part of a Donald Byrd session (Kofi) only released 25 years after the fact! Then, there's this one: Jazz Wave Ltd. on Tour, Volume 1. It's a double LP (it's in my lap as I write this), never reissued in any form and if it's streaming somewhere, I haven't found it. Recorded live in Germany, it features ...

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Listeners' Favorites

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The number of the day is 5 (as in Show 385), which means it's time for listeners' favorites—the tunes that moved you from Gifts & Messages (Shows 371-380). Some old, some more recent. Enjoy the ride (it's granulated), and thanks for your comments and your ears.Thanks to our most active listeners of the week in: Kiev (Ukraine), Chicago & Baton Rouge (US), and Nerima (Japan)!Playlist Jack McDuff “Down Home Style" from Down Home Style (Blue Note) ...

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Brother Jack McDuff: Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring?

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Though originally released by Blue Note, Brother Jack McDuff's '71 album Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? came after the venerable jazz label's glory days in hard bop and post bop. An album with far more funk and soul than swing and bop, this excellent first-time CD reissue by San Francisco-based Water finds McDuff's organ paired nicely with guitarist Joe Beck, trumpeters Randy Brecker and Olu Dara, trombonists Dick Griffin and John Pierson, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, pianist Paul Griffin, bassists ...

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Jack McDuff Big Band: Prelude

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McDuff was one of the artists able to capitalize on the success of Jimmy Smith, who briefly made organ combos fashionable in the sixties. Prelude is the third in a series of McDuff compilations that comb his prolific Prestige years for the best material. Whereas the first two were split between live and studio recordings, this recent disc covers the tracks recorded with a big band under the leadership of Benny Golson.

This new approach was an ...

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Jack McDuff: The Last Goodun'

Read "The Last Goodun'" reviewed by David Rickert

McDuff has been well served by reissues this year, what with a pair of two-fers from Fantasy and one from Blue Note. This CD, the flip side of this year’s The Concert McDuff features selections from the remainder of studio recordings not currently in print. Fortunately McDuff was consistent enough of a player that the program never seems like leftovers, and in fact is a wonderful introduction to McDuff for those who have never ventured beyond Jimmy Smith when it ...

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Jack McDuff: The Concert McDuff

Read "The Concert McDuff" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Despite the drab classicism its title might imply this disc delivers a set of music that’s a distant departure from run-of-the-mill repertory .pap. Jack McDuff might’ve been given the moniker of Hardest “Working Man on the Touring Circuit” if a certain Detroit Soul Man hadn’t donned it first. He was certainly deserving given the grueling touring schedule he subjected himself to during the late Fifties. All the hard work and living finally started to pay dividends in the Sixties and ...

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Jack McDuff: The Soulful Drums

Read "The Soulful Drums" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Essentially collaborative ventures the two albums collected on this Prestige two-fer are not only vehicles for McDuff but also, as the title denotes the Soul-injected percussion of Joe Dukes. Both sessions are heavy on grooves, but each suffers from the clichés of the soul jazz idiom despite the dynamic drum play at the core of the group. Broken record boogaloos often relegate all but Dukes to supportive riffing and the glut of incessant vamping behind the drummer’s frequent breaks often ...


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