Tough 'Duff

Jack McDuff

Tough Duff
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    1. Smooth Sailing 6:46
    2. Mean To Me 5:39
    3. Tippin' In 5:22
    4. Yeah, Baby 8:54
    5. Autumn Leaves 5:13
    6. Tough 'Duff 7:02

Jack McDuff switched from bass to organ in the 1950s and left near-poverty in Chicago for fame and celebrity in New York. Featured first with Willis Jackson and then with his own band, McDuff built a huge following almost immediately.


Tough ‘Duff, his second LP as a leader, was the first of two meetings with Jimmy Forrest. Their organ/tenor interplay is remarkable throughout; Forrest is at the top of his game. The program is solid mainstream fare which leads to a minimum of confusion and maximum of swing.

with Lem Winchester, Bill Elliot

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