The Best of the Concord Years

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hammond B-3 organist Jack McDuff spent his last decade recording for the Concord Jazz label, and for the most part his albums during this time period lacked the verve and fire of his earlier work, and he seemed, at times, to be going through the motions. The two-disc Best of the Concord Years anthology changes that perception a bit, since by picking some of the best tracks from the individual albums, the end result is a collection that is both more varied and energetic than its original sources, and McDuff emerges as a vital performer to the end. Among the highlights are the slow-building "Killer Joe," a moving take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia," the classic soul jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Hammond B-3 organist Jack McDuff spent his last decade recording for the Concord Jazz label, and for the most part his albums during this time period lacked the verve and fire of his earlier work, and he seemed, at times, to be going through the motions. The two-disc Best of the Concord Years anthology changes that perception a bit, since by picking some of the best tracks from the individual albums, the end result is a collection that is both more varied and energetic than its original sources, and McDuff emerges as a vital performer to the end. Among the highlights are the slow-building "Killer Joe," a moving take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia," the classic soul jazz vamp of "Pettin' the Cat," and a pair of weary, emotionally fulfilling blues duets with pianist Gene Harris, "J and G Blues" and "Down Home Blues." Grady Tate, George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco, Red Holloway, and Pat Martino also take guest turns on selections here. The Best of the Concord Years ends up being just that, the best way to sample McDuff's final years, and culled this way, it is work that stands up admirably to his impressive earlier material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431217121
  • Catalog Number: 2171
  • Sales rank: 193,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cold Duck Time (5:18)
  2. 2 Blooze in G (8:49)
  3. 3 Pork Chops & Pasta (7:16)
  4. 4 Killer Joe (7:58)
  5. 5 Georgia (7:57)
  6. 6 Theme from Mission Impossible (6:14)
  7. 7 Sundown (8:04)
  8. 8 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin' (6:26)
  9. 9 Pettin' the Cat (6:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hot Barbeque (5:35)
  2. 2 J & G Blues (9:34)
  3. 3 Pump It Up (4:04)
  4. 4 From the Pulpit (6:15)
  5. 5 Yesterdays (8:06)
  6. 6 Down Home Blues (7:00)
  7. 7 The Playoff (4:32)
  8. 8 After Hours (6:44)
  9. 9 Rock Candy (11:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack McDuff Primary Artist, Percussion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
George Benson Guitar
Ron Eschete Guitar
Gene Harris Piano
John Hart Guitar
Red Holloway Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Luther Hughes Bass
Pat Martino Guitar
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Dukes Drums
Kevin Axt Bass
Andrew Beals Alto Saxophone
Herb Besson Trombone
Paul Bollenback Guitar
Joey DeFrancesco Hammond Organ, Muted Trumpet, Soloist
Frank Gravis Bass
Larry Grenadier Electric Bass
Byron Landham Drums
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Dick Oatts Flute
Rudy Petschauer Drums
Kip Reed Electric Bass
Van Romaine Drums
Winston Roye Bass
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone
Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists Drums
Denise Perrier Vocals
Niki Harris Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Allen Farnham Producer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Carl Jefferson Producer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Joe Greene Composer
Seth Presant Mastering
Mark Gordon Composer
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