Wednesday, July 7, 2010

remembering brother jack mcduff (2)

remembering brother jack mcduff
(1926 -2001)

one of the funkiest, most soulful styles
of all time his blues-soaked solos &
rock solid basslines balanced by repetitive
grooves, melodies, & melodic hooks
revealed an artist in full possession
of his voice as an organist in the formative
soul jazz genre that lifted him up from the
earth & drew unto him no less than
george benson & boss tenor gene jughead
ammons who together on one date built the
architecture of the soul jazz vernacular to
span hard bop & jazz-funk to sundry acid
jazz destinations, & for brother jack to earn
the esteem & respect conveyed by the
honorific “brother” which encoded his
elevated status within the idiom.

©Joseph McNair;2010


  1. Hey Prof. McNair

    Hope all is well. I'm not sure what happened because I hear different things about you. But if your sick get better soon. & if your retired - enjoy your retirement. Either way just take care of yourself.

    You are a great professor & I enjoyed being in your class & your lecture.

    -Samantha Sk...

  2. Professor McNair, You are an inspiration to all, Please get well soon! Take care and we( the students) are praying for you!

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