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Brother Jack Meets the Boss

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Brother Jack Meets the Boss
Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 23, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
PR 7228
ProducerEsmond Edwards
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Brother Jack Meets the Boss is an album by the organist Jack McDuff and the saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1962 and released on the Prestige label.[1]

Recording and music

The album was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on January 23, 1962.[1] Although billed as a meeting of organist Jack McDuff and tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, a second tenorist, Harold Vick, played on all of the tracks, as did guitarist Eddie Diehl and drummer Joe Dukes.[2]

Three of the six tracks were written by McDuff;[3] the first, "Watch Out", is an uptempo blues.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat3/5 stars[4]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow stated "this is a very successful soul-jazz/hard bop outing... Ammons, whose every note was always full of passion, fits in perfectly with McDuff's group".[3] Marc Myers described the recording as "a superb bluesy album".[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Jack McDuff except where noted.

  1. "Watch Out" – 5:08
  2. "Strollin'" (Horace Silver) – 6:14
  3. "Mellow Gravy" – 5:00
  4. "Christopher Columbus" (Chu Berry, Andy Razaf) – 6:22
  5. "Buzzin' Round" (Michael Edwards, Jack McDuff) – 6:12
  6. "Mr. Clean" (Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson) – 7:57



  1. ^ a b Gene Ammons discography, Jazz Disco. Retrieved December 11, 2012
  2. ^ a b c Myers, Marc (July 28, 2015). "Brother Jack Meets the Boss". Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Yanow, S. Jack McDuff - Brother Jack Meets the Boss, Allmusic. Retrieved December 11, 2012
  4. ^ Down Beat, September 27, 1962 Vol. 29, No. 25
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