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Jack McDuff (1926-2001)

Jack McDuff was a talented bandleader and organist with the Hammond B-3. He started his career in the 50s working with piano and organ. In 60s created his band with Harold Vick and drummer Joe Dukes and then hired a young guitarist called George Benson (!!). He published a lot of albums with famous jazz labels like Blue Note or Prestige.They were among the most popular combo's of the mid-'60's, and made several albums. Jack's later groups at Atlantic and Cadet weren't seen as of the quality of The Benson band, while later dates for Verve and Cadet were generally seen as of a high standard.
He experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion during the '70's, then in the '80's got back in the groove with the Muse session Cap'n Jack.
Other musicians McDuff played with in the '60's and '70's include Joe Henderson, Pat Martino, Jimmy Witherspoon, David "Fathead" Newman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons.
There are only a few McDuff sessions available on CD, though they include the fine sessions with Forrest.
His work with Benson has also been reissued on CD.
For soul and Jazz Funk fans, McDuff's period in the seventies and early eighties will endure with the releases 'Sophisticated Funk' and 'Kisses' on the Sugarhill label.


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