Thursday, May 5, 2011

...from Mark #13 - Brother Jack McDuff

Obviously Jimmy Smith is the king of the Hammond, the best, the originator and all that, and I'll stand second to no man in marvelling at all those superb mid 60's Verve sides.  I've always had a bigger soft spot for the work of Brother Jack McDuff though, maybe because his backing bands seem to swing a bit more. Below is one I remember as a favourite on my GLR shows back in the mid 90's , though I probably only played it the once:




And here’s one of those must play tracks that I keep in my box for those infrequent DJ slots. Lots of Mcduff’s great Checker sides remain un-reissued for some reason, this one can be found on the best of Chess Jazz CD, but in very shoddy sound quality.  Not so below:

11 comments:

  1. I like these 2 tracks, I wouldn't marry them though. Mainly because of disturbing memories from tracks with albums such as: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/WUNDERLICH-POPS-1-MR-HAMMOND-EX-EX-LP-/370507094599?pt=UK_Records&hash=item5643f19a47
    Yes, Wunderlick Hammond with 'on the buses'-style psuedo-sexy women on the cover.
    Hammond has been forever marred but I think tracks such as these sound distinctly South American. I see 'hot barbecue' in a film with Vikki Carr or something. I recognise 'let my people go'.

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  2. I can't seem to post on the discussion board. But there's a Record Fair in Edinburgh tomorrow at cafe Camino - It's usually quite good with lots of different genres. I got a little walter collection last time for £2. I'll be there with my best Kaftan on.

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  3. I would marry both and lead a delightfully bigamous existence. I know what you mean about the Hammond and its easy listening abuse, but denying yourself the pleasure of all of it is akin to avoiding Nina Simones voice because you'd heard Chris Martin singing once. Scarring as that may be....
    Mark

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  4. I did hear Chris Martin singing..a couple of times and I denied myself buscuits for 4 months but it didn't help me with my Kyle Minogue aversion - i just pictured them both together. The only antedote to shit music is music with breath within it. So, i'm off to listen to Leadbelly...

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  5. I don't dislike these tracks - i like them alot but I am reminded of horrible hammond.

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  6. I'm getting the wedding night jitters. The record fair starts in 2 hours. If i don't get there early enough someone else will have my Bobby Charles. Joan Baez £2 bargins are equally exiting. I'll get anything that looks remotely Hammond for a quick fling - It could lead to something deeper.

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  7. I can top 'hot barbecue' - I got a hammon album today and even though it's obvious the Hammond player can't play very well there's something about the first track. It's utterly brilliant. They sound like the impaired Beach Boys. They're called Bill Black's Combo and the song is 'White Silver Sands' - It doesn't seem to be on YouTube. But the intro is sexier than Barbra Cartland. Oh my god - It's superb.

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  8. A strange old history with the Bill Black Combo. He was, of course, the bass player on all of Elvis's early greats, but I seem to remember they carried on with the same name long, long after he died (for some reason Memphis has always been a town big on instrumentals). They did make some great records along the way, though this one wouldn't be in my top 100. The keyboard playing is remedial at best.
    Mark

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  9. Yes, I agree, the keyboard playing is rubbish but Woodie Guthrie was a rubbish singer. This track wouldn't be in my top 100 either but at a dinner party I might get jiggy with it with people i call my friends. This is why it's so difficult to choose the top 20. 100, 200. On a day you just feel like something which is a departure from Billie Holiday. I have to temper myself with Ms Holiday and I actually feel quite protective of her. I don't feel this with Bill Black Combo - I see them as down and dirty white boys. I could easily listen to them most days happily. The timing is rubbish also but I like poor delivery if it has heart. I like this band alot.

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  10. I've just read the album sleeve, most of the tracks on this album; The Untouchable Sound of Bill Black's Combo' are from the 1950's.
    I only read one thing when purchasing - 'recorded in Memphis' I know nothing of Elvis and his contemporaries as I'm not partial to him, I wouldn't even have him as my bridesmaid. I got a JerryLee Lewis country album made in the 80's - It's more than a little similar to your Charlie Rich ones.

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  11. Pardon my error. 2 tracks on 'Untouchable sound of Bill Black's Combo' from 1958 and rest from 1960's.

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