180g Vinyl LP Reissue Remastered Using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes Through To the Cutting Head
"Imitation, assimilation, innovation." With these three words the great Clark Terry summed up the art of leaning musical improvisation. Salvador Dalí, the artist who melted time in his colorful and bizarre works, stated radically that a person who didn't want to copy others would never manage to accomplish anything at all. Brother Jack McDuff did plenty of copying and refined the good old standards on his Tobacco Road and made them blossom anew.
Jack taught himself to play the organ and went on to transform the popular melody "Alexander's Ragtime Band" into what one might call roughened up ball house jazz, were it not for the contrary saxophone, which soars over rasping organ clusters. For Brother Jack such spiritual sounds as in "And The Angels Sing" and his somewhat slanted version of the musing, dreamy "Wade In The Water" were an absolute must. It really rocks in "Can't Get Satisfied," a gospel-like and delicately instrumentalized version of the blues evergreen. The organ does not necessarily always have the last word in this colorful mixture, but it is always very present as regards to the sound and the distribution of the parts. And just once does McDuff let the instrument sing out on its glassy top register in "The Shadow Of Your Smile."
Recorded in August of 1966 at the legendary Chess Studios in Chicago, IL with producer Lew Futterman. This Speakers Corner 180g vinyl LP reissue was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
Brother Jack McDuff, organ
Lonnie Simmons, baritone saxophone
Red Holloway, tenor saxophone
John Watson, trombone
Fred Berry, trumpet
King Kolax, trumpet
Bobby Christian, vibraphone, percussion
Roland Faulkner, guitar
Loyal J. Gresham, bass
Robert Guthrie / Joe Dukes, drums