Brother Jack McDuff – Moon Rappin’ (1969)

Originally released in 1969, Moon Rappin’ is an adventurous Blue Note concept album from organist Brother Jack McDuff featuring five originals and fine support from the likes of Bill Phillips (tenor saxophone/flute), Jerry Byrd (guitar), Richard Davis (bass) and Joe Dukes (drums) among others.

Jack McDuff Moon Rappin’ Track Listing:

1. Flat Backin’
2. Oblighetto
3. Moon Rappin’
4. Made In Sweden
5. Loose Foot

Vinyl LP repressing of this 1969 album. Moon Rappin’ is one of Brother Jack Mcduff’s most ambitious efforts, a loose concept album that finds the organist exploring funky and spacy soundscapes. Unlike most McDuff records, there isn’t a steady groove that flows throughout the record: the album flies into atmospheric territory that isn’t strictly Soul Jazz, but it’s far from free. In many ways, Moon Rappin’ is a fairly typical album of its time, boasting wah-wah guitars, flutes, spacious reverb, long bluesy vamps, orchestras, and disembodied backing vocals, but it also stands out from the pack in how it offers some excellent improvisations (including a rare piano spotlight on the title track) and unpredictable moments, like the stuttering organ and nearly free interludes on ‘Made in Sweden’. It’s not strictly funky but it proves that McDuff was as adept in adventurous territory as he was with the groove. This record is well known by the vinyl diggers because of the sample used by A Tribe Called Quest.

   Moon Rappin

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