During the golden age of small groups led by organists and featuring tenor saxophone and/or guitar (c. 1956-1965), Brother Jack McDuff’s bands were near the top of the stack on jukeboxes and headlining in clubs across urban America. McDuff (b. Eugene McDuffy, 1926; d. 2001) knew his audience like he knew the blues changes that were the lifeblood of his music; he understood thoroughly that fans wanted a sound as simple, direct and, ultimately, warm and enlivening as a shot and a beer. The 14 prime cuts herein, recorded in the studio and live between 1960 and 1965, were for the most part issued both on LPs and as extended singles. This set is packed with funky shuffles, steaming R&B, vibrant Latin grooves, danceable boogaloos, straightahead soul-jazz and, of course, the blues. With a supporting cast that included such giants as guitarists George Benson and Kenny Burrell, saxists Gene Ammons, Jimmy Forrest, and Red Holloway, and vibist Lem Winchester, McDuff’s Prestige years contain his most popular--and prestigious--work.
with Gene Ammons, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Diehl, Joe Dukes, Jimmy Forrest, Grant Green, Red Holloway, Bill Jennings, Harold Vick, Lem Winchester, Leo Wright, and others