Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jack Montrose & Bob Gordon - Quartet & Sextet Sessions

Largely forgotten in the 1990s and living in the Las Vegas area, tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose was one of the most skillful of the cool jazz arranger/composers of the 1950s. This 1998 CD combines together two dates : arguably Montrose's finest album as a leader (a 1955 outing with baritonist Bob Gordon, trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Paul Moer, bassist Ralph Peña, and drummer Shelly Manne), plus a quintet set that was actually headed by the short-lived Gordon (who died in a car accident on August 28, 1955). Montrose's own date has five of his originals plus three reworked standards, while Gordon's album is comprised of six Montrose songs (including two versions of "Two Can Play") and three other standards. Even on the latter album, Montrose's charts (which are full of unexpected surprises while always swinging and leaving room for plenty of solos) are quite notable and show that, despite the restrained tones, there was plenty of excitement to be found in West Coast jazz. In addition, this CD acts as a perfect memorial for the talented Gerry Mulligan-influenced baritonist Bob Gordon. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Jack Montrose 
Bob Gordon
 Two Can Play
Complete Quartet & Sextet Sessions


Cd. 1

1 Meet Mr. Gordon (Montrose)  2:37
2 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  3:03
3 Modus Operandi (Montrose)  3:44
4 Onion Bottom (Montrose)  3:25
5 What A Difference A Day Makes (Grever, Adams)  3:36
6 For Sue (Montrose)  3:46
7 Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:22
8 Two Can Play (Montrose)  2:28
9 Two Can Play [alternate] (Montrose)  2:25
10 A Little Duet (Montrose)  4:57
11 Paradox (Montrose)  4:03
12 When You Wish Upon A Star (Washington, Harline)  3:32
13 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers, Hart)  5:14
14 Dot’s Groovy (Montrose)  4:40


Cd. 2

1 I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Weldon, Razaf)  5:46
2 Cecilia (Ruby, Dreyer)  4:33
3 April’s Fool (Montrose)  5:02
4 The News And The Weather (Montrose)  4:16
5 Listen, Hear (Montrose)  5:33
6 Pretty (Montrose)  5:16
7 Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (Rodgers, Hart)  5:28
8 Credo (Montrose)  5:25
9 Fools Rush In (Bloom, Mercer)  5:34
10 Speakeasy (Montrose)  4:12
11 That Old Feeling (Fain, Brown)  4:28
12 Some Good Fun Blues (Montrose)  5:07


[# 1-9] Bob Gordon Quintet
Jack Montrose - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Paul Moer - p
Joe Mondragon - b
Billy Schneider - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; May 6 and 27, 1954
[# 10-14 & CD2 # 1-4] Jack Montrose Quintet
Jack Montrose - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Paul Moer - p
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; May 11 & 12, 1955
[CD2 # 5-12] Jack Montrose Sextet
Conte Candoli - tp
Jack Montrose - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Paul Moer - p
Ralph Peña - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; June 24 & July 6, 1955

The Koch Jazz reissue Arranged/Played/Composed by Jack Montrose was originally released on Atlantic in 1955. Tenor saxophonist Montrose was from the West Coast school of cool jazz, and was significantly influenced by classical music. On this date he was thinking specifically about utilizing every instrument in structured chamber-esque arrangements. Montrose managed to achieve his goal of leading a swinging improvised jazz session without being restricted by this rigid structure. Baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon, pianist Paul Moer, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Shelly Manne run through five Montrose originals coupled with popular songs of the time "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Have You Met Miss Jones."
Al Campbell

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d3lta said...

Fantastic post, LP art an added bonus, thank you kindly.

Orbyt said...

Super compilation Mel, thank you for this.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel; thanks for the nice Montrose post.

neil said...

Got Montrose. Got Gordon.
But now both together and a bonus!
Many thanks, Mel...

ralexbop said...

Merci Mister Melanchthon.
Encore une merveille !

Kneigh said...

What a great post, Melanchthon!! So much super playing!! Many thanx for all the work that went into this one, sir!!

ralexbop said...

Merci Mel. Fantastiques sessions pour deux excellents souffleurs.
Bob Gordon est sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs barytons de l'histoire du jazz. A redécouvrir...

Otis Foster said...

Some nice early Konitz, Thnx


deGallo said...

Thank you. Great post!

blissedout said...

Mel, thanks for Montrose/Gordon and so many other incredible jazz sets. For all the fine work you do presenting immaculately sculpted musical offerings to needy ears a statue should be erected in your honor. Failing a statue, maybe the next Pope will canonize you.

reindeer man said...

Hi Mel - Love Montrose but Bob Gordon is new to me. Thanks for this opportunity to get to know a bit about him. Nothing wrong with a Mulligan disciple, if he can blow!

duck said...

Mel, again you have something wonderful to add to my library. I am just so pleased you are ok and back. have to say you had me worried.
greetings again from Sydney where the jazz is always welcome

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

This looks excellent. Thank you, Mel!

Anonymous said...

Hola. Podrias reparar el link? Gracias

Anonymous said...

very good blog. a pleasure for the lover of jazz. You could fix the link? Thanks for the music

Pablo Gutierrez said...

Hola. Podrías subirlo a ZIPPYSHARE? Gracias

Frank 514 said...

Merci beaucoup Mel !

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you very much for broadening my music scope once more.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Bill said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Bob Gordon!! Mil gracias Mel!!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a fantastic post, a very nice albums.
Thanks a lot, Mlanchthon.

Rodrigo Benites said...

Thank You.

Kovina Kris said...

This is a really nice post. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

douglas eales said...

Unfortunately I get an error when I try to unrar cd 1 + artwork

frumious bandersnatch said...

Yeah, something went wrong with the first archives (CD1 & art) : unarchiver says "archive corrupted".
Thanks in advance if something can be done !

Melanchthon said...

cd. 1 + artwork

cd. 2

frumious bandersnatch said...

Works fine now, thanks Melanchthon !!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, dear MM, wonderful music, again!

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Axel.T. said...

What a wonderful post of 2 great players. Bob Gordon died way tooooo early in his life. He had so much more to give us in the jazz world.
Best to you,