Brother Jack McDuff – Tobacco Road (1966) [2012 Japan 24-bit Remaster]

Artist: Brother Jack McDuff
Title: Tobacco Road [Japan 24-bit Remaster]
Year Of Release: 2012 (1966)
Label: Warner Japan / WEA [WPCR-27068]
Genre: Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Hammond Organ
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log)
Total Time: 34:53
Total Size: 393 MB
192 MB (Scans)

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Brother Jack McDuff recorded an enormous number of albums during the ’60s, so it can be difficult to figure out where to start digging a little deeper into his output (which Hammond B-3 fans will definitely want to do). 1967’s Tobacco Road stands out from the pack for a couple of reasons. First, unlike many of his groove-centric albums, it’s heavy on standards and pop/rock tunes (seven of nine cuts), which make for excellent matches with McDuff’s highly melodic, piano-influenced style.

01 – Teardrops From My Eyes
02 – Tobacco Road
03 – The Shadow Of Your Smile
04 – Can’t Get Satisfied
05 – Blowin’ In The Wind
06 – And The Angels Sing
07 – This Bitter Earth
08 – Alexander’s Ragtime Band
09 – Wade In The Water
Jack McDuff – Hammond organ, arranger
Fred Berry, King Kolax – trumpet
John Watson – trombone
Red Holloway – tenor saxophone
Danny Turner – tenor saxophone, flute
Lonnie Simmons – baritone saxophone
Bobby Christian – vibraphone, percussion
Roland Faulkner, Calvin Green – guitar
Loyal J. Gresham – electric bass
Joe Dukes, Bob Guthrie – drums
J. J. Jackson – arranger, conductor

What’s more, about half of the album finds McDuff leading a large ten-piece ensemble arranged and conducted by J.J. Jackson, including a soulful horn section that sounds straight out of Memphis or Muscle Shoals (though this was recorded at Chess studios in Chicago). McDuff himself handles the arrangements on the rest of the material, which is done in a guitar/sax/drums quartet. The LP’s style is fairly unified, though – no matter what format, the tunes are given fantastically funked-up treatments that sound surprisingly natural. And these aren’t grooves where everyone just settles back and stays in the pocket; McDuff attacks the arrangements with wildly funky rhythms and solos, and there’s a polyrhythmic sense of interplay that recalls the best Southern soul. Arguably the most distinctive track is a cool, grooving quartet version of "The Shadow of Your Smile," complete with snaky bassline and airy flute solos from Danny Turner. Unfortunately, none of the tracks are all that long, in keeping with the jukebox/radio orientation of McDuff’s Atlantic period, but that won’t prevent soul-jazz fans from thoroughly enjoying Tobacco Road.

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