18 January 2007
JACK MCDUFF - SOPHISTICATED FUNK
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.
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)
Ripped from the original vinyl at 320.
Thanks a lot to Rui from Okinawa for the cover photo-more McDuff soon !