10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced

 
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In honor of one of R&B, jazz, and rock’s most prolific session guitarists, Wax Poetics looks at ten tracks graced by the great Hugh McCracken, who passed away on March 28, 2013.

The Insect Trust 1. “Ducks” The Insect Trust Hoboken Saturday Night (Atco Records) 1970

Short-lived group founded by famed music writer/critic Robert Palmer (New York TimesRolling Stone), the Insect Trust featured a few funky session players like drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and guitarist Hugh McCracken.

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  1. I did not know Hugh, but aside from hearing his “Beatles” contributions had not heard much of what you contributed. Thank you so much for bringing these all to one place.

    – Michael Aiellos
  2. I would like to thank you for this very thoughtfully constructed tribute.

    You wisely avoided including Beatles related tracks and gave an assortment of others on which Hugh McCracken elevated the music with his succinct and subtle guitar playing.

    There are many young guitar players whose heroes are known for relentless fretboard work outs, often to the detriment of the music as a whole. It seems Hugh McCracken’s ability was in part down to knowing when not to play as much it was about actually playing. Let’s hope people take note. Being a great guitar player should not entail endless pentatonic noodling at the expense of the overall feel and shape of a piece of music.

    – Andrew James

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