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Jack McDuff

Biography

Jack McDuff's organ sound is so soulful, so blues-drenched in its Hard Bop sound that he is nicknamed “The Brother.” McDuff's style is unique because he often plays his organ more like a piano, with short notes, rather than the long phrases associated with the instrument (think weddings and funerals). He had been on the scene since the mid-'50s but hit the big time when he hired a young guitarist named George Benson. The Benson/McDuff team had a special interplay that showed them both off to good advantage and helped launch Benson into orbit. Since then he has added depth to the work of such diverse artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Henderson, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Like fellow organist Jimmy McGriff, McDuff's music is being rediscovered by the Acid Jazz movement. His jams will have your tail feather shaking seemingly of it's own free will.
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