Saturday, February 14, 2015

René Thomas - Guitar Groove

European guitarist Rene Thomas made his debut as a leader with this 1960 date for the Jazzland label. Residing in Quebec at the time, Thomas is joined by an American cast of characters on Guitar Groove. In the bass chair is Teddy Kotick, one-time member of the Horace Silver and Bill Evans groups. Tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose joins the quintet, fresh from the dates for his own The Message. Albert “Tootie” Heath, then in between stints with J.J. Johnson and the Jazztet, lends his drum work, and Hod O’Brien fills in the gaps on piano. These are session musicians of the highest order: skilled improvisers who always know when to make concessions to a group setting. In addition to the three original numbers on hand, the quintet dips into the book of jazz standards, rendering Burke and VanHeusen’s “Like Someone in Love,” Gershwin’s “How Long Has This Been Going On ?”, Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby, My Dear,” and Miles Davis’ “Milestones.” At times the players are almost too polite, though the spark provided by Heath’s snare punctuation and vibrant fills generally keep the band on the ball. “Thomas” himself is in fine, refined form, his sound an exquisitely enunciated flow of cool tones. He reserves “How Long” for himself, stretching out over six minutes, accompanied only by Heath’s brushwork and Kotick’s reserved bass playing. Though he’s made substantial contributions to dates with Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, and others, Guitar Groove is arguably Thomas’ strongest date as leader.
Nathan Bush

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René Thomas
Guitar Groove


1 Spontaneous Effort (Monterose)  5:18
2 Ruby My Dear (Monk)  4:46
3 Like Someone In Love (Burke-Van Heusen)  5:50
4 MTC (Monterose)  4:22
5 Milestones (Davis)  5:47
6 How Long Has This Been Going On (Gershwin)  5:57
7 Green Street Scene (Monterose)  7:35


[# 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7] RENE THOMAS QUINTET
René Thomas - g
J.R. Monterose - ts
Hod O’brien - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Albert Heath - dr
René Thomas - g
Hod O’brien - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Albert Heath - dr
René Thomas - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Albert Heath - dr

Recorded at Nola Penthouse studios, New York City, USA ; September 7 & 8, 1960


Jim R said...

One of THE great jazz guitar albums of all time.

Melanchthon, do you happen to have Sal Salvador's "Music To Stop Smoking By"?

jazzlover said...

I hear about this work of René Thomas with Monterose,and Albert Heath,nice to find here, thank you!

BlueNote97 said...

Merci bien

poppachubby said...

Wonderful thank you!!

deGallo said...

This was one of the first two jazz guitar LPs I ever bought in the fall of 1960 or early 1961. The other being Hank Garland-Jazz Winds From A New Direction. I still have both in pristine condition. Of course, later I bought the CDs when they were produced. They were what turned me on to jazz...I was in a rock band at the time.
My favorite tune here is "Ruby, My Dear" with a never better Monterose solo. Turn it up! Thanks.

Blue Eyes said...

Excellent post Melanchthon, yes, a must have for all René's fan!

Pernath said...

An outstanding player, one of my favourite ones. Thanks a lot.

danair said...

Missed this one,thanks Mel.

Garofalocine said...

Great album.
Can you repost this one?
Thanks in advance

Melanchthon said...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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khryo said...

Hello there. Please, what is the password so i can listen to this beautiful music ?