When it comes to jazz organist, Jack McDuff goes straight to the head of the class. Leader of his own groups for over three decades, the genial McDuff modestly refers to his brand of music as "a good-time thing." That it is, to be sure, and no harm done: sounds that make you want to tap your foot or put on your dancing shoes have had a place of honor in jazz from the start.
But as is readily apparent from this fine party put on by Mr. McDuff and Friends, his is good-time music made with consistent taste, skill and musicality. It’s not just an ordinary party, but a reunion with some of the many fine players who learned so much about their craft as members of McDuff’s bands.
In all, a varied and delightful program of swinging and melodic fare dished out by expert musical hands. The Dominant color may be blue, but the mood McDuff & Friends will put you in is not.
This album was recorded in Hollywood, CA, in May 1991.