Sunday, 14 September 2014

Jack McDuff - Sophisticated Funk (Chess Rec.1976)

Jack McDuff

''Sophisticated Funk''
(LP Chess Records, 1976)
Catalog # ACH-19004

"Brother" Jack McDuff (September 17, 1926 – January 23, 2001) was an American jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s, often performing with an organ trio.

Tracklisting & Hide Credits:
A1 Dit Da Dit
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas – Craig Derry
Drums – Scott Schoer
Guitar – Robert Banks, Walter Morris
Saxophone, Flute – Joe Farrell
Written-By – B. Jones, J. McDuff 6:00
A2 Ju Ju
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry, Scott Saunders
Drums – Clarence Oliver
Guitar, Percussion – Billy Jones
Saxophone, Flute – Joe Farrell
Written-By – Billy Jones 6:49
A3 To Be Named Later
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry
Drums – Clarence Oliver
Guitar – Billy Jones
Saxophone, Flute – Joe Farrell
Written-By – B. Jones, J. McDuff 4:50
A4 Summer Dream
Backing Vocals – Billy Jones, Craig Derry
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry
Drums – Ted McKinsey
Guitar – Billy Jones
Saxophone, Flute – Joe Farrell
Written-By – B. Jones, J. McDuff 4:50
B1 Jack's Boogie
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry, Scott Saunders
Guitar – Billy Jones
Piano – Brian Cuomo
Written-By – B. Jones, J. McDuff 3:32
B2 Mini Pads
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry
Drums – Arnold Ramsey
Guitar – Billy Jones
Written-By – B. Jones, B. Cuomo 5:50
B3 Electric Surf Board
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry
Drums – Joe Corsello
Guitar – Billy Jones
Saxophone, Flute – Joe Farrell
Written-By – Jack McDuff 5:17
B4 Mannix Theme
Bass – Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion – Craig Derry
Drums – Ted McKinsey
Guitar – Robert Banks
Written-By – Schisrin 3:26

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Frank Prescod
Congas, Percussion - Craig Derry (2) , Scott Saunders (tracks: A2, B1)
Drums - Arnold Ramsey (tracks: B2) , Clarence Oliver (tracks: A2, A3) , Joe Corsello (tracks: B3) , Scott Schoer (tracks: A1) , Ted McKinsey (tracks: A4, B4)
Guitar - Billy Jones (tracks: A2-A4, B1-B3) , Robert Banks (tracks: A1, B4) , Walter Morris (tracks: A1)
Mixed By - Richard Corcello
Percussion - Billy Jones (tracks: A2)
Piano - Brian Cuomo (tracks: B1)
Producer - Billy Jones
Saxophone, Flute - Joe Farrell (tracks: A1-A4, B3)
Artwork [Art Direction] – Dudley Thomas
Artwork [Design], Photography – Kay Ritta
Engineer, Mixed By – Richard Corcello
Producer, Arranged By – Billy Jones

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Recorded and mixed at All Platinum Studio, Englewood, N.J.
Joe Corsello by courtesy of Arista Records. Joe Joe Farrell by courtesy of CTI Records.
All Music published by Gambi Music, Inc. (BMI). Except as noted. (B4: Published by Bruin Music (BMI))


''Electric Surf Board''

Jack McDuff on Chess from 1976 with this funky platter which features one of the worst covers I have ever seen(god knows where Grand Royal are coming from -a good cover ???).However,this features one of my perennial favourites from my early days of jazz funk "Juju" (what a bass line!) and the rest of it's grooves along really nicely especially "Electric Surf Board" and "Dit Da Dit".Anyway read what the Dusty Groove have to say on the subject:
A lost electric groover from Brother Jack McDuff! Although this album got a bad rap in an early issue of Grand Royal as one of the "10 Most Disappointing Albums with Good Covers of All Time" (or something like that), it's actually a pretty groovy album that has Brother Jack playing electric keyboards amidst uptempo arrangements by Billy Jones of Brother To Brother (who were sharing the All Platinum umbrella label at the time with McDuff). Sure, the record's got a groovy cover of a nude model with a "digital" chastity belt over her cleanly-shaved privates (which might imply to some that the record would be a total funk LP), and the sound is a bit more like uptempo club jazz. But even if the cover and music don't match, the record's a nice groover that has Jack trying to hit the same sort of style that Johnny Hammond was getting with Larry Mizell.
(From Orgy In Rhythm)

Sophisticated...maybe. Funky...not so much. This forgettable effort from Jack McDuff veers far too close to smooth jazz territory for comfort -- swapping his signature Hammond B-3 for keyboards, McDuff settles for a fusion sound suggesting a particularly tepid CTI session, with none of the swagger and groove of his most memorable records. Saxophonist/flutist Joe Harrell is similarly tentative, although one must blame Billy Jones' overly slick arrangements -- there's really not much chance of salvaging cuts like "Mini Pads" and "'Mannix' Theme." Definitely don't judge this one by its lurid cover -- it's as tame as a de-clawed house cat.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)


''Jack's Boogie''

Mr.McDuff Main Discography:
As leader:
In this year Jack McDuff Playeg for Beautiful People (Prestige 1960)
Rock Candy (Prestige 1960)
Brother Jack (Prestige 1960)
Tough 'Duff (Original Jazz 1960)
The Honeydripper (Original Jazz 1961)
Goodnight, It's Time to Go (Prestige 1961)
Steppin' Out (Prestige 1961)
Sanctified (Prestige 1961)
On With It (Prestige 1961)
Mellow Gravy (Prestige 1962)
Screamin' (Original Jazz 1962)
Brother Jack Live! at the Jazz Workshop (Prestige 1963)
Brother Jack McDuff Live! (Prestige 1963)
Crash! by Jack McDuff & Kenny Burrell (Prestige 1963)
Hallelujah Time! (Prestige 1963)
The Midnight Sun (Prestige 1963)
Somethin' Slick (Prestige 1963)
Dynamic! (Prestige 1964)
The Concert McDuff Recorded Live! (Prestige 1964)
Silken Soul (Prestige 1964)
I Got A Woman (Prestige 1964)
Prelude (Prestige 1964)
Soul Circle (Prestige 1964)
Hot Barbeque (Prestige 1965)
Walk On By (Prestige 1966)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Atlantic 1966)
Tobacco Road (Atlantic 1966)
Do It Now! (Atlantic 1966)
Getting Our Thing Together (Cadet 1968)
The Natural Thing (MCA 1968)
Double Barrelled Soul (Atlantic 1968)
Gin And Orange (Cadet 1969)
Down Home Style (Blue Note 1969)
Moon Rappin' (Blue Note 1969)
To Seek a New Home (Blue Note 1970)
Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? (Blue Note 1970)
Check This Out (Cadet 1972)
The Heatin' System (Cadet 1972)
The Fourth Dimension (Cadet 1974)
Magnetic Feel (Cadet 1975)
Sophisticated Funk (MCA 1976)
Kisses (Sugar Hill 1982)
The Re-Entry (32 Jazz 1988)
Another Real Good'un (Muse 1989)
Color Me Blue (Concord Jazz 1992)
Hot Barbeque: Live (BGP 1993)
Write On, Capt'n (Concord Jazz 1993)
Live (Prestige 1994)
The Heatin' System (Concord Jazz 1994)
Hot BBQ (BGP 1995)
That's The Way I Feel About It (Concord Jazz 1996)
Jack-Pot (Red 1997)
Bringin It Home (Concord Jazz 1999)
Brotherly Love (Concord Jazz 2001)
As sideman:
Kirk's Work by Roland Kirk (Prestige 1961)
Grantstand by Grant Green (Blue Note 1961)
Brother Jack Meets the Boss by Jack McDuff & Gene Ammons (Prestige 1962)
The New Boss Guitar of George Benson With The Brother Jack McDuff Quartet by George Benson (Prestige 1964)
The Blues is Now by Jimmy Witherspoon & Jack McDuff (Verve, 1967)
Double Barrelled Soul by "Brother" Jack McDuff & David "Fathead" Newman (Atlantic 1968)
Boss of the B3 by Winston Walls (Schoolkids Records 1993)
It's About Time by Jack McDuff & Joey DeFrancesco (Concord Jazz 1996)
(Down Home) Blues by Gene Harris & Jack McDuff (Concord Jazz 1996)
Meeting Point by Mike Pachelli & Jack McDuff (Fullblast 1999)


''Ju Ju''
(LP Version)

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Original post:14/08/2007

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