Friday, August 4, 2017

Wes Montgomery - Full House

"One of the most electrifying sessions of Wes’ career, Full House documents a magical, one-night only encounter in 1962 between the guitarist, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, and the Miles Davis rhythm section at the Tsubo nightclub in Berkeley, California. In a stroke of luck, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb just happened to be in town, playing with Miles across the bay in San Francisco. They took advantage of a night off to lend their support to Wes on his very first live recording. Proof of their explosive chemistry can be found all over this album, in such extended grooves as the title track, the Latin-spiced “Cariba,” and the jamming Dizzy Gillespie classic, “Blue ‘N’ Boogie.”
The trio would soon part ways with Miles and go on to record steadily with Wes, but nothing else comes close to matching the spontaneity of this first chance meeting. Wes is in top form, imaginatively combining the swing and fluidity of Charlie Christian with the rhythmic octaves of Django Reinhardt. While he would later achieve great commercial success playing easy-listening pop covers, this was far and away his most innovative period. His solos are consistently unpredictable yet always rhythmic, pushing the band to the limit. Tenor great Johnny Griffin rises to the challenge, taking one fiery solo after another to the vocal delight of the small but privileged East Bay crowd. Wes and Griffin aggressively trade riffs on “S.O.S.,” tearing down the house in a heated duel that finally ends in a draw. Griffin sits out as Wes feels his way through an introspective and soulful rendition of “Born To Be Blue,” the bonus track that closes out the CD release of this essential recording".

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Wes Montgomery
Full House


1 Full House (Montgomery)  9:09
2 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (Lerner, Loewe)  3:25
3 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli)  9:35
4 Cariba (Montgomery)  9:37
5 Come Rain or Come Shine [take 2] (Arlen, Mercer)  6:55
6 S.O.S. [take 3] (Montgomery)  5:02
7 Come Rain or Come Shine [take 1] (Arlen, Mercer)  7:15
8 S.O.S. [take 2] (Montgomery)  4:46
9 Born to Be Blue [bonus track] (Tormé, Wells)  7:25


Wes Montgomery - g
Johnny Griffin - ts
Wynton Kelly - p
Paul Chambers - b
Jimmy Cobb - dr

Recorded live at "Tsubo", Berkeley, California ; June 25, 1962


Melanchthon said...

Pee said...

Thanks Mel! Used to play this one a lot, thanks for bringing it to front of mind.

Dr. Clysmok said...

Yass, yass!

Jazz Padd said...

Never heard this Wes. Thanks!

Kovina Kris said...

Really happy to finally upgrade this great album from my lossy version. Thank you Mel!