Brother Jack Mcduff – Ain’t No Sunshine (RSD 2024 Limited 2LP)


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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, and began gaining attention working with Willis Jackson in the late ’50s and early ’60s, cutting high caliber soul-jazz dates for Prestige. McDuff made his recording debut as a leader for Prestige in 1960, playing in a studio pickup band with Jimmy Forrest. They made a pair of outstanding albums: Tough Duff and The Honeydripper. McDuff organized his own band the next year, featuring Harold Vick and drummer Joe Dukes. Things took off when McDuff hired a young guitarist named George Benson.
Ain’t No Sunshine is a previously unissued concert recordings from one of the greasiest and funkiest Hammond b3 organists of all-time, “Brother” Jack McDuff. The album features his then-working-band saxphonists Leo Johnson and Dave Young, guitarist Vinnie Corrao and drummer Ron Davis. This hand-numbered, limited-edition double LP set was transferred from the original tape reels and is pressed on 180g vinyl. The deluxe package includes an extensive 4-page booklet with essays by archival producer and label owner/producer/musician Cory Weeds, plus passages from Hammond organists Delvon Lamarr, Larry Goldings and Brian Charette; and rare photos and memorabilia. LP mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

Side A (23:28)
1) Theme From Electric Surfboard
2) Three Blind Mice
Side B (22:10)
1) Ain’t No Sunshine
2) I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
3) Blues 1 & 8
Side C (19:13)
1) Uknown
2) The Jolly Black Giant
Side D (15:03)
1) Middle Class Folk Song
2) 6:30 In The Morning

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