Jimmy Smith may be the king of the Hammond B-3, but in the 1960s Brother Jack McDuff could produce records equal to just about anything Smith put out, particularly when recorded in a live setting. The eleven tracks featured here are culled from a variety of concert recordings from Newark to Stockholm and all cook like mad; “Love Walked In” is taken at a much faster tempo than Gershwin probably ever intended and even “Four Brothers” becomes a scorcher in the hands of the quartet. Organ combos usually falter when they stray from the standard repertoire, but offbeat selections like “Midnight Sun” and “The Girl From Ipanema” are handled with care and give the band the opportunity to indulge in slower grooves. McDuff always had a knack for discovering young guitar talent, and most of these tracks feature George Benson, whose nimble, crisply articulated playing is McDuff’s trump card (one selection features Pat Martino, McDuff’s next find). Both Red Holloway and Joe Dukes serve valuable roles in fanning the flames. All in all, an organ record that stands head and shoulders above most.
Track Listing: Undecided (alternate); Love Walked In; Midnight Sun; Swedenin'; The Girl From Ipanema; Another Goodun'; 'Sokay; Save Your Love For Me; Four Brothers; Lew's Piece; Spoonin'.
Personnel: Jack McDuff-organ; Red Holloway-tenor saxophone; George Benson-guitar; Pat Martino-guitar (#11 only); Joe Dukes-drums.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.