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Bringin It Home by Jack McDuff

In an age where Jazz musicians make records, they often concentrate on technical skills and forget how fun a tune can be making a sincere, soulful statement, like how they used to do in the old days. On Jack McDuff's latest Concord release "Bringin' It Home, he does just that. McDuff invited his old bandmates tenor saxist Red Holloway, guitarists George Benson,(making a rare straight ahead appearance) and young lion Mark Whitfield(Benson and Whitfield play three cuts a piece)as well as Jack's current working band. Things hit a joyous groove when the disc starts out with the Eddie Harris soul-jazz favorite "Cold Duck Time". Benson and Holloway state the theme together(Benson plays the first few measures in his trademark octaves) while the rhythm section of bassist Frank Gravis and drummer Grady Tate, keep a tight groove. Benson, who cooks very hard on this record has a solo that recalls his earlier, funkier days, as does Holloway who is instantly burning at the start. Later on the disc the same band, minus Gravis tackles a memorable "Summertime" Jack lets Red and George take the spolight, and they both have shimmering solos. According to the liners, before they rolled the tape, George said "We're gonna tear this one up!" indeed they did. "Pettin' The Cat" is the albums' closer. A funky blues that shares the same bassline, and similar chords to an earlier McDuff blues "Walking the Dog"(included on 1988's "The Reentry) features Jack's regular band with Red Holloway added. This is a fitting closer as everybody has great room to wail. Other highlights on the disc include Jack playing piano on "After Hours", a nod to George Benson as Mark Whitfield plays "This Masquerade" in Benson-ish fashion, and alto saxist(part of McDuff's group) Andrew Beals has a gorgeous feature on the ballad "A Time For Love". This is a great record, everyone enjoys themselves, as well as playing with so much soul, like how the old days were. Recommended!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jack McDuff
  • CD Title: Bringin It Home
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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