Jack McDuff – Kisses

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A really cool later album from the great Jack McDuff – nicely stepping out from some of the multi-keyboard modes he forged for Chess Records in the 70s, and still working with a combo here that he calls the Heating System! The group has some key all-star talent – including work from Joe Farrell on saxes and Phil Upchurch on guitar – but it’s also noteworthy in that it features early work from Garrick King on drums, a player who was perfect for the sort of rhythms that McDuff forged in the 60s with drummer Joe Dukes! Jack himself handles a variety of key, plus organ – and there’s some soulful fusion elements in the mix too, including a bit of vocals – giving the record a feel that’s a lot like some of the Charles Earland work for Columbia at the same time. Titles include “Say Sumpin Nice”, “Night Fantasies”, “Pocket Change”, and “Tunisian Affair” (Dusty Groove).

Track listing:

A1 – 0:00 – Kisses
A2 – 3:57 – Say Sumpin’ Nice
A3 – 8:02 – Primavera
A4 – 14:38 – Night Fantasies
B1 – 18:32 – Pocket Change
B2 – 26:52 – Nasty
B3 – 34:24 – Tunisian Affair


Bass – Jonathon Wood, Stanley Banks
Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone [Vibes] – Gerryck King
Guitar – Danny Petrow, Phil Upchurch
Keyboards [String Ensemble], Organ, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer [Moog], Vocals – Jack McDuff
Soprano Saxophone – Joe Farrell
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Karl Lidral
Tenor Saxophone – Danny Wilensky


Label: Sugar Hill Records – SH 247
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1980