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Gene Harris/Jack McDuff: Down Home Blues

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Combine the powers of two of the funkiest figures in jazz, and you have a keyboard summit that will rock your abode to its foundation. Recorded in late 1996, the union finds McDuff joining Harris’ working group at the time: bassist Luther Hughes, drummer Paul Humphrey, and guitarist Ron Eschet . And while vocalists Niki Harris (Gene’s daughter) and Curtis Stigers provide some crowd-pleasing moments during their respective guest spots, it’s the instrumental material that smokes, smolders, and burns most intensely.

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