Brother Jack McDuff Bringin' It Home
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- Released: March 15, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Concord Records
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Personnel: Jack McDuff (Hammond B-3 organ); Andrew Beals (alto saxophone); Red Holloway, Jerry Weldon (tenor saxophone); John Hart, George Benson, Mark Whitfield (guitar); Frank Gravis (bass); Rudy Petschauer, Grady Tate (drums).
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York on August 15 & 16, 1998. Inludes liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
Personnel: Jack McDuff (piano); Mark Whitfield (guitar); Andrew Beals (alto saxophone); Jerry Weldon, Red Holloway (tenor saxophone); Frank Gravis (acoustic bass, bass guitar); Grady Tate, Rudy Petschauer (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski.
Recording information: Sound on Sound, New York, NY (08/15/1998/08/16/1998).
Arranger: Jack McDuff.
1999's Bringin' It Home is a welcome surprise from the killer organist Jack McDuff, whose '90s work was largely devoid of the energy and wit of the classic albums that had made his name. McDuff invites two members of his old crew to the session, saxophonist Red Holloway and guitarist George Benson, who had first made his name playing with McDuff in the '60s. Benson, in particular, sounds revitalized by the association, playing with more spunk than he's managed in years. A couple of decades' worth of crossover jazz will take the fire out of anyone's playing, but Benson's solo on Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck Time" is a marvel of funky economy that sounds like Steve Cropper with hot jazz chops. The other key member of McDuff's classic lineup, the late drummer Joe Dukes, is remembered with McDuff's sweet and playful tribute "Moohah! Joe Dukes." Simply recorded, sounding like it was cut live in the studio, Bringin' It Home sounds bracingly direct, and though it doesn't rank with McDuff's best work, it's a sight better than anyone could have expected at such a late date. ~ Stewart Mason
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