Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bill Smith Plays Folk Jazz (feat. Jim Hall)

A record that could only have been made in the late '50s, 1959's Folk Jazz is a meeting of the two great collegiate crazes of the period, post-bebop modern jazz and traditional folk music. Clarinetist Bill Smith and a low-key piano-less trio ? Jim Hall on guitar, Monty Budwig on bass and the great Shelly Manne on drums ? take 10 songs from the folk tradition, strip them down to the bare essentials of melody and chord progressions and turn them into a Kind of Blue-like experiment in cool-toned modal jazz. Familiar standards like "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (which opens with an extended unaccompanied solo by Smith that's a marvel of economy) are presented in entirely new and fresh settings. Perhaps the best of the lot is an extended meditation on the spiritual "Go Down Moses" that turns the song from a gospel shout to an intimate whisper. The 2003 CD reissue adds two tracks, alternate takes of "Reuben, Reuben" and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen."
Stewart Mason

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Bill Smith
Folk Jazz


1 A-Roving (trad.)  4:16
2 Greensleeves (trad.)  5:03
3 Nobdy Knows the Trouble I've Seen (trad.)  3:39
4 John Henry (trad.)  4:22
5 Wayfaring Stranger (trad.)  4:24
6 Three Blind Mice (trad.)  3:30
7 Go Down, Moses (trad.)  6:47
8 Blow the Man Down (trad.) 3:38
9 Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (trad.)  4:14
10 Reuben, Reuben (trad.)  3:35
11 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out [alt. take 1] (Cox)  5:55
12 Reuben, Reuben [alt. take 14] (trad.)  3:49


Bill Smith - cl
Jim Hall - g
Monty Budwig - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles, February 16 [# 3, 5, 6, 9-12] & November 24, 1959 [other selections]


ZM-JazzRock said...

Cher Mel,
Thanx for more JIM HALL recordings.

Kovina Kris said...

This is new to me but I just know I'm gonna love this. Thank you!

micky said...

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km1292 said...

Thank you melanchthon...

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Albertito Jazz said...

Melanchton: Thanks for share all this delightful music!

rog said...

Thanks Mel !

theblueamos said...

does anyone else have trouble extracting??????

gigio said...

yes i have! ps seems incorrect and i can't open the .7z file

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Larry said...

Thank you. Track 8 and 10 will not play.

Musrafak said...

Muchas gracias, Mel
Pero, al parecer, los tracks 8 y 10 están dañados

Melanchthon said...

Correct files now

bho wani said...

Thanks, Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mel, any chances of re-uploading this?
The links have expired.