10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced


Quiet Fire2. “Go Up Moses” Roberta Flack Quiet Fire (Atlantic) 1971

Atlantic Records producer Joel Dorn loved to use the great session players of the day, including Hugh, and organist Richard Tee, bassist Chuck Rainey, and drummer Purdie, all who are featured here.

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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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