Prelude [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though the first nine tracks of this CD duplicate McDuff's original Prelude LP recorded in December 1963, this expanded reissue more than doubles its length with 11 bonus tracks. All of the bonus cuts are taken from 1964-1966 sessions originally released on five different LPs which were either arranged and conducted by Benny Golson who also arranged and conducted on the Prelude album, or featured the Benny Golson Quartet as players. Prelude itself was a successful match of McDuff's small-combo organ-jazz with big band arrangements by Benny Golson. In part that was because the blend was well-executed, never fighting with or drowning out McDuff's organ. But also it was...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Though the first nine tracks of this CD duplicate McDuff's original Prelude LP recorded in December 1963, this expanded reissue more than doubles its length with 11 bonus tracks. All of the bonus cuts are taken from 1964-1966 sessions originally released on five different LPs which were either arranged and conducted by Benny Golson who also arranged and conducted on the Prelude album, or featured the Benny Golson Quartet as players. Prelude itself was a successful match of McDuff's small-combo organ-jazz with big band arrangements by Benny Golson. In part that was because the blend was well-executed, never fighting with or drowning out McDuff's organ. But also it was because the mixture made it stand out amidst the scads of organ jazz records being churned out in the early '60s. While a very young George Benson was in the core quartet on guitar, a dozen others supplemented the players, the additional instrumentation including trumpets, trombones, French horns, and saxophones. McDuff wrote about half the material, and while Golson was responsible for just one number, it's the standout title track, "Prelude." That nine-minute piece moves from an opening of almost classical orchestrated grand solemnity,to a slow-bopping section dwelling on McDuff's mourning organ. Nothing else on the album matches it, but the rest is pretty good, sometimes leading off with other Golson orchestrations; Benson gets a chance to steal the solo spotlight for a bit in "Dig Cousin Will." The bonus material tends toward a more pop-oriented repertoire than Prelude does, with covers of soundtrack themes by Elmer Bernstein "Theme From The Carpetbaggers" and Henry Mancini "Theme From The Pink Panther", and versions of "Shortnin' Bread," Bacharach-David's "Walk on By," and the Motown hit "Too Many Fish in the Sea." But this stuff is hardly the sellout some might suspect; on the contrary, they're pretty cool and fun renditions, with a good sense of verve and humor. And for those who want at least a little material with clearer jazz roots, there's a frantic, joyous run through George Benson's "Rock-a-Bye," on which the guitarist also plays.
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A must for all McDuff fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218528320
  • Catalog Number: 24283

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack McDuff Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Celeste
George Benson Guitar
Richard Davis Bass
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Mel Lewis Drums
Pat Martino Guitar
Harold Ousley Tenor Saxophone
Joe Dukes Drums
Willie Rodriguez Percussion
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Billy Byers Trombone
Burt Collins Trombone
Benny Golson Conductor
Marvin Holladay Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Kail Trumpet
George Marge Saxophone
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Donald Ashworth French Horn
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
George Benson Composer
Ron Carter Composer
Joe Bushkin Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Edward Johnson Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Hal David Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Lew Futterman Producer, Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Michael Gold Liner Notes
Benny Golson Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Eddie Holland Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Jack McDuff Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Peter Paul Producer
Bobby Plater Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Don Schlitten Cover Photo
Charles Strouse Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
John DeVries Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Traditional Composer
David Guion Arranger
Lee Adams Composer
Timothy Gray Composer
Robert Wright Composer
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