Friday, July 22, 2011

Jack McDuff - Screamin'

Great 'Duff quartet session circa '62 is anything but laid back. Opens with a great hot blowing session type blues in which the Captain launches out some of the slickest and most funky lines you'll ever hear on a B-3, backed by his trademark heavy swinging Basie'istic Basslines. - - Throughout the tune I'm impressed by the "coherence" and linearity of his lines... sharp as a knife, even as those slick changes blow by. Kenny Burrell is nice 'n bluesy... then Leo Wright, fresh from The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet comes at ya blowing with a virtuoistic Charlie Parker bebopistic calliber you don't necessarilly associated with the Blue Note sound of that era. Actually it takes a while to get used. Next comes SOULFUL DRUMS, a laid back Night Train-istic blues which gives Dukes and opportunity to show off and heat things up, followed by a sharp pianistic Shirley Scottish "take me down yonder, and bartender poor me another one while I go slow dance with my lady" type blues. SCREAM, the title track is hard to describe... a gospelly up tempo carribean boogaloo "Its Alright" type thing with some excellent work by Joe Dukes. After that, its time for a change of pace as Dukes gets out the brushes, Burell strums lighfully, and McDuff "Squabbles" A.K.A. the ol' time Leslie on fast 800008888 sound of Eroll and Jimmy Smith... Duff is tasty and soulful on this one, and hits some nice changes. - - and the final cut of the night is One O'Clock Jump, a fine 12 bar blues wrap up to a great screamin' session by the late Brother Jack's true idol, the original Captain... or should I say "Count", Mr. Basie himself. I love Brother Jack's comping and immaculate basslines behind Kenny Burell's slick soloing... and again, the Bird-istic Leo Wright has a purrrrrty good time on this one too featuring a really cute vamp section that really conjures up the Count!
Overall, this is a great, bluesy heavy swinging toe tapping McDuff session well worth digging - by Eddie Landsberg,

Organist Jack McDuff teams up with his regular drummer Joe Dukes, altoist Leo Wright, and guitarist Kenny Burrell for a spirited blues-oriented set that has been reissued on CD via the OJC imprint. "Soulful Drums," featuring Dukes' drum breaks, was a minor hit. Other selections on this generally fine organ date include spirited versions of "He's a Real Gone Guy," "After Hours," and "One O'Clock Jump," even if the title cut does not quite live up to its name. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: "Brother" Jack McDuff
Album: Screamin'
Year: 1962
Label: OJC (1996)
Runtime: 31:15

1.  He's A Real Gone Guy (Nellie Lutcher) 6:04
2.  Soulful Drums (Jack McDuff/Joseph Thomas) 4:16
3.  After Hours (Erskine Hawkins/Avery Parrish) 4:31
4.  Screamin' (Jack McDuff) 7:23
5.  I Cover The Waterfront (Johnny Green/Edward Heyman) 3:13
6.  One O'Clock Jump (Count Basie) 5:48

Jack McDuff (Organ)
Kenny Burrell (Guitar)
Leo Wright (Alto Saxophone)
Joe Dukes (Drums)


  1. I have this album in my collection. It is a whole lot of fun. A classic soul jazz session fueled by McDuff's Hammond B-3. Having Kenny Burrell on board is also a big plus.

    Upbeat, energizing, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

  2. Basically Philo's said it all! Somehow I've missed this before, so many thanks, itr.



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