Prestige, 2004, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Kool
O’s Notes: Jack McDuff was a prime example of how determination and drive can yield success. He was born an orphan and out of a love for music taught himself to play the piano. His search for work as a musician led him to also learn to play the bass. But while capable, he didn’t stand out on either instrument. It wasn’t until he discovered the B3 that he blossomed as a star in his mid-30s. He selected the Hammond organ because of the strong demand for players in 1959. He succeeded there because it was a position where he could realize his dream to lead a band. This collection focuses on his hits at Prestige from 1960-1965. The 14 tunes here are a nice slice of Brother Jack McDuff including work with a young George Benson (g), Kenny Burrell (g), Gene Ammons (sax) and Red Holloway (sax).