Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bill Jennings - Glide On (Legends of Acid Jazz)

Bill Jennings' guitar was integral to the sound of jazz organ pioneers Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis. His dry, twangy, swinging sound was also part of organist Jack McDuff's transitional first release as a leader, Brother Jack. Here Jennings is in the spotlight on a compilation of his 1959 date, Enough Said, and 1960's Glide On. The lineup is actually the same as on Brother Jack  : McDuff, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Alvin Johnson on drums. Jennings' brother, Al, joins in on the later set, contributing second guitar and some effective work on vibes. Just as McDuff's organ here still has the imprint of the roller-rink sound of Doggett and Davis, Jennings' guitar is also a product of an earlier era. It's easy to hear the influence of the bluesy jazz of guitarist Tiny Grimes, along with the jumping Texas blues of T-Bone Walker, the elastic riffing of Chuck Berry, and the early bop of Charlie Christian. In other words, the music has a vintage charm that is appealing in its own right and insightful as a precursor to the more full-throttled sound of the classic jazz organ combos of Jimmy Smith. The earlier set predates Brother Jack by a few months ; the later one was recorded at about the same time. The tracks are generally grounded in the blues, with occasional forays into popular songs, one or two of which don't quite catch fire. Highlights include "Billin' and Bluin'" (with McDuff on excellent blues piano), Wild Bill Davis' "Azure-Te," and the sly, soul-jazz prototypes "Enough Said" and "Glide One."
Jim Todd, All Music Guide

Source : http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,918753,00.html

Bill Jennings
Glide On
Legends of Acid Jazz


1 Enough Said (Johnson)  6:42
2 Tough Gain (Jennings)  4:17
3 Volare (Migliacci, Modugno, Parish)  7:02
4 Dark Eyes (Salama)  4:42
5 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  6:26
6 Blue Jams (Jennings, McDuff)  5:29
7 Dig Uncle Will (McDuff)  3:31
8 Glide On (Wilson)  5:33
9 Alexandria, Virginia (Jennings)  3:55
10 Billin' and Bluin'(Jennings)  4:45
11 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:53
12 Azure-Te (Paris Blues) (Davis, Wolf)  4:44
13 Fiddlin'(Jennings)  2:37
14 Cole Slaw (Stone)  8:08
15 Hey, Mrs. Jones (Miller, Ragan)  4:19


[# 1-7] Enough Said !
Bill Jennings - g
Jack McDuff - org
All Jennings - g
Wendell Marshall - b
Alvin Johnson - dr
[# 8-15] Glide On
Same as above, except All Jennings - vb
Jack McDuff plays piano on [# 10]

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; August 21, 1959 [# 1-7] & January 12, 1960 [# 8-15]


Bill said...

THANKS for this!

bmaiani said...

Man I learn a lot from this place - glad you're back!

Kndnsk said...

Thank you melanchthon.

ZM-JazzRock said...

no words to express my gratitude, man!

OldHippieRick said...

Wow what a keeper and Thanks for yet another sweet gem ☮ldhippierick

GuitarGus said...

Thanks Mel
I Love this stuff

bmaiani said...

Password changed I guess. Can anybody share it please?

ramson said...

Bill Jennings Glide On, Legends of Acid Jazz

I was looking for this one.

Many thanks.

ZM-JazzRock said...

@ bmaiani,
As far as I know (and it worked for me), pw is stil "melanchthon", lower-case. w/o the "'s.
For some reason RS is showing an error message for the first part. Let's try download part-1 later.

Thanx again!

bmaiani said...

Thanks - yes it bails on the first file.... complains about the password.

swamielmo said...

dear melanchton, thanks and great to see you again. i hope all your batteries are recharged and you had lots of time for your own music. best regards swamielmo

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel.

chuchuni said...

Merci beaucouo mel, I was looking for this one :)

musician3 said...

Great Thank You

deGallo said...

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Heervee said...

Really pleased to still see you sharing so wonderful music! thank you Mel

sparkler said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel. Thanks a lot

fcapeau said...

Well, how can i say that : easy jazz ?? for a soft wake up in an early morning sunrise ??? Yes, it works ! Thanks a lot, Mel

Melanchthon said...


Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

DEEP said...


Georges Chevon said...

grand merci Mel ! je ne connaissais pas Bill Jennings

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks so much!

Ghjuvan-Paulu said...


grumpy said...

Many thanks Melanchthon!