Monday, December 19, 2011

Paul Chambers & Tommy Flanagan - Motor City Scene (Complete Rec.)

A rare treasure from Thad Jones – a unique one-off session for United Artists, cut right around the same time as his classic 50s dates for Blue Note ! The format is very laidback and open-ended – not really a blowing session, but kind of a relaxed studio outing – one that has Jones working with some players from his Detroit hometown, laying solos in the cut over some warmly soulful rhythms! Tracks are all nice and long, which gives plenty of room for solos – and in addition to Jones on cornet and flugelhorn, the set also features trombone from Al Grey, tenor from Billy Mitchell, piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Elvin Jones. Mitchell is always amazing in a set like this – and the album's one of his few small group sets of the time – worth it alone for his excellent playing. Titles include "Like Old Times", "Minor On Top", "Let's Play One", and "No Refill".
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Paul Chambers & Tommy Flanagan
Motor City Scene
Complete Recordings
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 Let's Play One (Jones) 8:07
2 Minor on Top (Jones) 8:43
3 Like Old Times (Jones) 9:29
4 No Refill (Jones) 5:42
5 Stardust (Carmichael) 10:15
6 Philson (Adams) 10:44
7 Trio (Garner) 8:04
8 Libeccio (Adams) 8:38
9 Bitty Ditty (Jones) 5:16

[# 1-4]
Thad Jones - crnt & flghl
Al Grey - tb
Billy Mitchell - ts
Tommy Flanagan - p
Paul Chambers - b
Elvin Jones - dr
Recorded in New York City ; October 24 & 31, 1959
[# 5-9]
Donald Byrd - tp
Pepper Adams - bs
Tommy Flanagan - p
Kenny Burrell - g
Paul Chambers - b
Louis Hayes - dr
Recorded in New York City, 1960

One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams ! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Mel Lewis ?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty".
© 1996-2011, Dusty Groove America, Inc.
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Melanchthon said...

L.O.L. said...

Thanks, Mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Great post Mel! this complete album is highly recommended!

Kneigh said...

Ah, what a great treat this is, Mel!! So many great musicians; so much great music!! Many thanx, sir!!

Anonymous said...

please re-up this one, mel. thanks from hulaboy.