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Jack McDuff: Moon Rappin'

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Brother Jack McDuff (arranger, organ); Jean DuShon (vocals); Bill Phillips (tenor saxophone, flute); Jerry Byrd (guitar); Richard Davis (electric bass); Joe Dukes (drums).

Producer: Jack McDuff.

Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.

Recorded at Soundview Studios, Kings Park, New York in December 1969. Originally released on Bluenote (84334). Includes liner notes by Jeeff Smerin.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

This is part of Blue Note Records "Rare Groove" series.

MOON RAPPIN' is an experimental album for Jack McDuff. A mix of funky grooves and moody sounds, this theme record is filled with a great nocturnal glow. Here the legendary Hammond B-3 organist is backed by a tight band, including tenor saxophonist Bill Phillips and guitarist Jerry Byrd. However, McDuff's compositions are the true spotlight of MOON RAPPIN', standing in stark contrast to many funk albums, which usually highlight deep-pocketed grooves over compositional cleverness.

Singer Jean DuShon entreats the moon with distant and ethereal long tones on "Oblighetto." Elsewhere, McDuff's horn arrangements blend well with the entrancing rhythms of drummer Joe Dukes on "Flat Backin'" and the title track. On the final tune, "Loose Foot," the ensemble cuts loose with a mainstream jazz blues. Wisely, this colorful release avoids the monotony of some funk outings. It is not made up of long one-chord vamps or staid blues licks; instead, there are numerous fascinating musical paths to explore here.


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