Jack Marshall

Tuff Jack

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Guitarist Jack Marshall stepped out from session and production work to make a few records of his own. Tuff Jack is an amazing blend of twist and mod-brass sound, with a bit of the bass twang made famous by Duane Eddy. In fact, the country twang works well with the big-city horns and twist beat. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and the title track work especially well, although the style and arrangements add something new to every cut. "Tuff Jack," an original by Billy Strange, has screaming trumpets reminiscent of "Soul Bossa Nova," the landmark tune featuring the big beat and mod-brass work. Of the squarish big-band chestnuts, "(Back Home Again In) Indiana" works well as a twist, as does "Wild One." Even "Peter Gunn" gets an unusual update, and Hoagy Carmichael's "New Orleans" (Gary Bonds' hit) rounds it off. A joyous feast of mod brass, guitar, and the twist beat, Tuff Jack lets a fine studio cat out of the bag; hear him roar!

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