At times, McDuff demonstrates how soul-jazz organ stars used to make albums back in their '60s heyday, playing then-current pop hits like "The Age of Aquarius" and the theme from Mission: Impossible (which, thanks to cinema, was a hit all over again in 1996 when this CD was made). We also hear McDuff trying out his vocal cords for the first time on Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry"; actually, he merely talks the lyrics over the rhythm section – and at 70, he's entitled to this charming lark.
Two classic albums from Jack Jones, making their long awaited debut on CD. Booklet features original artwork, designed so that purchaser may display either original album cover as front of CD, plus detailed sleeve notes. Digitally transferred from the original American master tapes. Grammy award winner for Best Performance by a Male Singer (Lollipops and Roses) and Record of the Year (Wives and Lovers) Grammy nominee (The Impossible Dream).
After a busy recording career in the 1960s, organist Jack McDuff was erratically documented in commercial settings in the 1970s and was in danger of being forgotten when he launched his successful comeback with The Re-Entry in 1988. At the age of 61, McDuff proved to still be in his prime as he jammed on three originals, two obscurities, and "Laura" with both Houston Person and Ron Bridgewater on tenors, trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, guitarist John Hart, and drummer Grady Tate. The music on this Muse album falls between hard bop and soul-jazz and should satisfy fans of those styles.
This double-disc from Universal gathers 34 tracks by including and Casual listeners will be satisfied with the track selection, while longtime fans will undoubtedly already own this material.
Gene Bertoncini and Jack Wilkins share the spotlight on eight guitar duets in a program of eight dazzling standards, played on stage during a 1998 jazz cruise. The former's cool style meshes beautifully with the more aggressive hard bop approach of the latter, starting with their imaginative rendition of "Lover Man." The intense interplay of "Gone with the Wind" and the lyricism of "Here's That Rainy Day" are also among the many highlights of their performances together. There's only one solo feature, Wilkins' bittersweet and carefully crafted take of Rodgers & Hart's "Spring is Here." This highly recommended duo should be considered an essential acquisition for fans of jazz guitar.