20 August 2006
JACK MCDUFF - THE HEATIN' SYSTEM
Thought I would post this rarity to celebrate the fact that this blog has now had over 200,000 hits-it's now running at about 1400 visitors a day.So thanks to all of you especially those who have left such great comments and been so forthcoming with help,advice,information and been ...well,so friendly!You keep dropping in and I'll keep posting!
Some sad news now that VOLTAGECONTROLLEDTECHNICOLOR called it a day on sunday and deleted his great blog-please go 5 posts back for more information.And be warned-his name and URL have been hi-jacked already-it ain't him!
So this is a rip from the double vinyl of Brother Jack McDuff's The Heatin' System from 1972 on the mighty Cadet label.It's never made it to cd despite most of the tracks appearing on compilation after compilation over the years,and it's also been sampled and remains a big groove heavy dj friendly slab of jazz funk in the truest sense of the genre.In other words-IT ROCKS!!!
Here's a review from the Soul Strut site:
"Jack McDuff's playing was best known for its bluesy influences, and that's highlighted on the title track, Heatin System, a long 12 minute plus track, which starts off in the Blues, but then picks up in the middle and turns to some James Brown influenced funk. The Prophet and Pressure Gauge are long groovers, with the latter having a nice guitar breakdown in the middle by Phil Upchurch who was a Cadet studio musician at the time. McDuff finishes off this double LP with two mellow songs that have their moments. 1st is a cover of Ain't No Sunshine which has a little Beatles melody in the middle, but which lacks the drum break, and then Radiation, which has a nice horn beginning."