Jack McDuff started out playing piano in his father's church. Although he later switched to playing jazz on the Hammond B-3 organ, strong gospel strains remained, which is why they call him "brother." This volume brings together the organist's first and fourth albums as a leader, along with a bonus track from the latter session. Brother Jack was made in 1960 when he was still a member of Willis Jackson's group and features the sweetly soulful blues guitar work of Bill Jennings, McDuff's bandmate at the time. Cut a year and a half later, Goodnight, It's Time to Go was the debut disc by McDuff's own highly exciting combo, made up of the brilliant young guitarist Grant Green, hard-charging tenor saxophonist Harold Vick, and soul-sockin' drummer Joe Dukes.
with Bill Jennings, Wendell Marshall, Alvin Johnson, Harold Vick, Grant Green, Joe Dukes