Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Willie Rodriguez - Flatjacks

Flatjacks by Latin perscussionist Willie Rodriguez is one of the few dates to feature his name as a leader. Rarer still is that this is one of the few sessions where Rodriguez is the actual drummer in a quartet. This does not mean he left his arsenal of percussion instruments at home, but rather they complement his drumming in a straight jazz quartet setting. Featuring the great George Duvivier on bass, melodic genius Barry Galbraith on guitar, and saxophone wunderkind Seldon Powell, Flatjacks was recorded in New York in 1963, was released on Milestone, and quickly disappeared without a trace — with the exception of being revered by jazz musicians of the day. Featuring tunes by everyone in the band — including the smoking bossa nova of the tile track by Duvivier and the funky "Tasty" by Powell — this set also features unlikely tomes from Clark Terry ("One Foot in the Gutter") and Ed Michel ("After Words"). But it is Rodriguez's compositions such as "Mr. Yosso," "Ñañigo Soul," "Seafood Wally," and the legendary "Brasileira" that are the standouts here. Rodriguez's ability to walk the three lines that matter — namely swing, Latin styles, and the blues — with equal precision and grace as well as passion give his material a deeply textured soulful feel that is tough to match, let alone beat. This record swings on the post-bop and contemporary bossa level, yet it's always a surprise to hear the blues spoken and referred to so constantly and prominently. This is one of those reissues that should have happened years ago. Flatjacks is brilliant, sunny, and masterful.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/flatjacks-r146501/review

Willie Rodriguez
Jazz Quartet
Flatjacks

Tracks

1 Moliendo Café (Manzo)  3:52
2 Serenata (Anderson, Cisneros)  3:05
3 Ñañigo Soul (Rodriguez)  2:16
4 Mr. Yosso (Rodriguez)  4:38
5 Brasileira (Conquet, Rodriguez)  2:22
6 One Foot in the Gutter (Terry)  4:52
7 It Happened in Monterey (Rose, Wayne)  3:32
8 Flatjacks (Just a Minor Bass-A Nova) (Duvivier)  3:00
9 Seafood Wally (Rodriguez)  3:08
10 After Words (Michel, Nash)  2:42
11 Tasty (Powell)  2:47
12 El Sueño de Frances (Galbraith)  2:49

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Personnel
Seldon Powell - as, ts, cl & fl
Barry Galbraith - g
George Duvivier - b
Willie Rodriguez - dr & lat. perc

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City ; July-August, 1963

26 comments:

Le Porc Rouge said...

Thanks for the upgrade, Melanchthon! A very enjoyable album.

deGallo said...

Thank you M. Yes, nice upgrade for a great recording.

theblueamos said...

Thank you very very much from jerusalem

Philo said...

A fine album. I had this encoded from vinyl. Thanks for the upgrade.

poppachubby said...

Great post!

Otis Foster said...

Big upgrade for me, plus some Seldon Powell (Seldom-Heard).

Otis

es125 said...

Thanks for the chance to hear this one Mel.

Foth said...

Thank-you!

duck said...

New for me Mel, Thanks a lot

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Eric said...

Thank you. Very exciting.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a nice sound!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

rowgatien said...

Very nice!! Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

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DEEP said...

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danair said...

Thanks very much Mel for re posting this one.

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; so many thanks for the re-up...

lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot, Mel!!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Anonymous said...

A Gem! Thanks so much MM!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!