Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Jack Montrose - Blues And Vanilla & The Horn's Full

Jack Montrose's first LP for RCA is a long-out-of-print collectable that is fairly obscure due to the paucity of jazz recordings that he made in the decades that followed this 1957 release. The cool-toned nature of the tenor saxophonist's compositions and arrangements fits in with the so-called West Coast jazz genre, though like many of the musicians labeled as such, Montrose is not a native of the region. The first section of his extended piece "Concertino da Camera (Blues and Vanilla)" is built upon a swinging blues theme that utilizes a call-and-response between the rhythm section (anchored by vibraphonist Red Norvo) and the saxophonists (Montrose is joined by alto saxophonist Joe Maini) ; the second part gradually integrates three separate themes with some wild counterpoint. The second side of the disc includes a quintet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Max Bennett, and drummer Bill Dolney joining Montrose and Norvo for several more originals by the leader and an inventive arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" that incorporates a counter-melody against the main theme. Montrose's approach to "Bernie's Tune" also adds new depth to this favorite of '50s-era jam sessions.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Jack Montrose
Blues And Vanilla 
The Horn's Full
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 Concertino da Camera (Blues and Vanilla) (Montrose)  18:30
2 Bockhanal (Montrose)  3:42
3 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  5:47
4 A Dandy Line (Montrose)  2:50
5 For the Fairest (Montrose)  3:33
6 Crazy She Calls Me (Sigman, Russell)  5:46
7 Dark Angel (Montrose)  5:07
8 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)  3:17
9 Headline (Montrose)  3:15
10 Rosanne (Osser, Osser)  3:14
11 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:03
12 The Little House (Montrose)  3:01
13 Solid Citizen (Montrose)  3:24
14 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Ellington, Russell)  2:56
15 True Blue (Montrose)  3:28
16 The Horn's Full (Montrose)  2:42
17 Goody Goody (Malneck, Mercer)  2:46


[# 1]
Jack Montrose - ts
Joe Maini - as
Red Norvo - vb
Buddy Clark - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 13, 1956.
[# 2-9]
Jack Montrose - ts
Red Norvo - vb
Jim Hall - g
Max Bennett - b
Bill Dolney - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on December 24 [# 2-5] ; & 26 [# 6-9], 1956.
[# 10-17]
Jack Montrose - ts
Red Norvo - vb
Barney Kessel - g
Lawrence “Red” Wooten - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on September 10 [# 10-13]; & 11 [# 14-17], 1957

[#1-5 & 8] "Blues and Vanilla" (RCA LPM-1451)[#6,7 & 9-17] "The Horn's Full" (RCA LPM-1572)


Thomas said...

Thanks for this post, I have both of these in mediocre condition on vinyl so I look forward to hearing them without the snap crackle pop.

neil said...

Got Jack on another 1957 recording, Xanadu 'West Coast Tenors', so know this is going to be a good one!
Many, many thanks, Mel...

swingingduck said...

Thank you for Jack.
Great stuff indeed.

Foth said...

Many thanks...more hard-to-find gems to enjoy.

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, always pleased to find these gems, even if I'm late.

rm said...

Thank you very much - a rare gem indeed

Kovina Kris said...

..and my horn is full with this post. Thank you Mel!

CrunchyFrog said...

love Jack Montrose - thanks very much!

rog said...

Thanks for this Mel !

jose arboleda said...


deGallo said...

From before I got this, so I thank you now. Nice!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jm said...

How much pleasure, how much novelty, how much learning have you brought me. Many, many thanks.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Doug said...

Super ... thanks a bunch!

tdelyon said...

Thanks, mel :)

Jeronyme said...

Merci !

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

WOODY said...

Hi Mel,
another fine album with vibraphone participation, so I say thanks again as this nice sound belongs to my favored instruments in Jazz.

tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot for the new links :)