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Brother Jack McDuff: That’s the Way I Feel About it

We can be thankful for the resurgence of the jazz organ several years ago and for the good feeling generated by players such as the ever-dependable McDuff. This album includes several tunes not ordinarily associated with the jazz organ genre: “The Age of Aquarius,” “Theme from Mission: Impossible,” “Old Folks,” “Flamingo” and “Moody’s Mood for Love.” “Age…” employs the full ensemble, a septet, with guest Chris Potter’s alto flute voiced with alto (Andrew Beals) and tenor saxophone (Jerry Weldon) and guitar (John Hart)-a smooth, hip-sounding blend. On “Mission: Impossible” Hart’s organic solo (no pun intended) shows thoughtful originality and the ability to cook. Here, as well as on “Old Folks” and “Flamingo,” Beals solos masterfully. Weldon is the kind of broad-shouldered player who fits perfectly in an organ group.

McDuff, along with electric bassist Kip Reed and drummer Rudy Petschauer, proves what a gas a good groove is. Eschewing the flamboyant solo style fancied by some of his organ-playing contemporaries, he makes the basics come alive. And he sings!-“Saturday Night Fish Fry.” Move over Joe Williams.

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