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Jack McDuff

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. They were among the most popular combos of the mid-'60s and made several excellent albums. McDuff's later groups at Atlantic and Cadet didn't equal the level of the Benson band, while later dates for Verve and Cadet were uneven, though generally good. McDuff experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion during the '70s, then in the '80s got back in the groove with the Muse session Cap'n Jack. While his health fluctuated throughout the '90s, McDuff released several discs on the Concord Jazz label before succumbing to heart failure on January 23, 2001, at the age of 74. ~ Ron Wynn and Bob Porter, Rovi
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Listening takes me back home

jgazarek33
I grew up in Chicago's west side, listening to late night Jazz greats, ..I do play that soul, bluesy keyboard style, ..always wanted a B3, ..still do, after 40 years, ..ever since High school -need to learn more improve chordsy, &cool riff burnin stuff..like my favourite, Jimmy McGriff, ..Man, ..that cat can burn.. That's what Julliard'ld do to ya. ,)
thatlovechil d 0
Mr. Mc Duff has always played great sounds, finding his sounds is hard to do . So I will be here with him playing.
Da man

Also - Don't forget Don Patterson!
Never lose the walking baseline and lead. Just great!
Any funkier one would be inclined to install a governor
joylady90056
Oooh this sounds so good! Love it!
bejamb
Tickle and tease the keys !
Smith, McDuff, Holmes, McGriff, Earland the big 5 (pre Joey D) the Hammond B3 Masters! I had the pleasure of being present at their concerts and they were humbling to give me an album autograph, enjoy these Masters at their art of musical perfection cuz you'll never witness the likes of these KATS EVER AGAIN!
B3 groove baby !!!!!!!!!!!
Just can't get enough...of the incredible Jack McDuff!
Love this music....... . .
the mcduff master general
mcduff has the right stuff... lol.
Fantastic grooves and rhythms and he certainly has alot more music than is laid out,do yourself a favor find all his music because it can vary from album to reel to cassette to 8-track to 45 to cd!
Yeah - Brother Jack is a legendary figure in the Genre.BF.
Joey Dee's dad actually took Joey like at the age of 6 to take lessons from Jack, Jimmy Smith, etc - what a start on your axe!!
Cool Bryent. I used to play B-3 and spent a fair amount of time parroting his licks! Met him once - a really cool guy. To bad he's gone :( But his music lives on :)
webbwilson19 6 9
McDuff really played his stuff!
Jack does not give the ivorys a break. Bravo...!
bryent.tillm a n
I had the wonderful experience of meeting this legendary giant at the B3. He even came and set in with my original funk band back in 97 up in Mpls and he still had the "fire". I will always remember and cherish that night.
brufree1020
Where can I hear "Tobacco Road" by brother Jack McDuff
Brother Jack McDuff- LIVE!
Awesome set. Gave my disc, autographed by George Benson, to my dad, who introduced me to Jack. That LIVE! cd is one of the high energy, tempo driven pieces that make me a Motorhead and early Metallica fan. Just raw, fast and funky. Thanks Jack. I miss both you and Buddy Rich.
in my lifetime i have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of jazz artist brother jack mcduff and george benson were some of them i met them in a little watering hole that also had some of the best soul food available in nyc back in the early 60,s named connies 5 spot any body know what im talking about email me at obj7775@aol. c o m also worked on job with a guy that did a lot of drumming with mcduff one emmitt scroggins

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