terça-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2011

Jimmy Smith - Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo (1966)

Creed Taylor matched two of his most famous artists, Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, on this session (Montgomery's last for Verve), and the results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang. Smith comes at your throat with his big attacks and blues runs while Montgomery responds with rounder, smoother octaves and single notes that still convey much heat. They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound. The romping, aggressive big band charts -- Oliver Nelson at his best -- on "Down by the Riverside" and "Night Train," and the pungently haunting chart for Gary McFarland's "13" (Death March)" still leave plenty of room for the soloists to stretch out. "James and Wes" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" include drummer Grady Tate and conguero Ray Barretto, with Smith's own feet working the organ pedals. The Verve Master Edition reissue also includes an alternate take of "O.G.D." with Tate and Barretto, a track previously surfacing on a long-gone Encyclopedia of Jazz anthology LP from the '60s -- a neat bonus that makes this the preferred version.
by Richard S. Ginell in All Music Guide

Crossover Jazz

01 - Down by the Riverside (10:02)
02 - Night Train (06:48)
03 - James and Wes (08:13)
04 - 13 (Death March) (05:22)
05 - Baby, It's Cold Outside (06:05)
06 - O.G.D. (aka Road Song) (05:13)

Jimmy Smith – Hammond organ
Wes Montgomery – guitar
Grady Tate - drums
Jerry Dodgion - alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Bob Ashton - tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, alto flute
Phil Woods - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute
Clark Terry - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jimmy Maxwell - trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland - trombone
Tony Studd - bass trombone
Jerome Richardson - clarinet, alto & tenor flutes
Richard Davis - bass
Ray Barretto - conga, jingle bells

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