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listen  1. Willow Weep For Me (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 8:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chances Are Few (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 7:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jumpin' Jupiter (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stop And Listen (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. At Last (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 7:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Soul Walk (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2009 Digital Remaster)"Baby Face" Willette 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B001PCJFZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Stop and Listen was the last session that organist Baby Face Willette made for Blue Note. He came in with guns blazing on Lou Donaldson's Here 'Tis, made his and Grant Green's debut recordings, and then this fiery trio album in May 1961. Willette was an earthy, exciting player and he, Green, and Ben Dixon would have become one of the premier organ trios in jazz had he stuck around. This great album includes three standards (one a bonus track), four originals, and Nat Adderley's "Work Song." The whole affair cooks from first tune to last. Remastered by original recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder from the original analog masters.

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It's down home and basic, with chord changes that are very intuitive and natural.
Itchy Brother
If you see this CD, and it says IN STOCK, go get it... it ain't so easy to find... I picked up my copy in Tokyo... and that's a long way from home for me.
Eddie Landsberg
The chemistry works best on Willette's own compositions, of which my favourites are "Chances are few" and "Stop and listen".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on February 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you see this CD, and it says IN STOCK, go get it... it ain't so easy to find... I picked up my copy in Tokyo... and that's a long way from home for me. Incidentally, if this is the same edition, instead of a clunk plastic CD case, it comes in a small LP like cardboard holder that looks pretty cool. The front and the back look like a miniturized version of what the original LP probably looked like. - - You'll need a magnifying glass to read the liner notes though... or a good command of Kanji to read the Japanese version contained inside of it.

Whatever, Stop and Listen is Baby Face Willette's follow up to his classic FACE TO FACE session. It was recorded in May of 1961.
Babyface Willette, though perhaps not the most remembered, was one of the first, most unique and best Blue Note "house organists" in the '60s - - he's heard here recording with the quintessential Blue Note house rhythm section, Grant Green on Guitar and Ben Dixon on drums.
Babyface had both his contemporary's Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff's sense of coolness and groove, but put much more of a blues grind in his playing - - the end result, is you have early Grant Green playing at the core of his roots, and both are locked in by Ben Dixon, the quintessential Jazz organ drummer... The end result is some purrrrty darn heavenly Hammond...
Both the opening and closing tunes WILLOW and WORKSONG alone are worth the purchase of this great album. Get your hands on it !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 26, 2009
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One disc 49 minutes approximately,digitally remastered. Finally,this album has been re-released. Having listened to jazz and particularly Blue Note jazz for over forty years(ouch!)I have to say this set is one of my favorites. Organ trios have always been a weakness of mine starting with Jimmy Smith et al. Having liked blues music for the same length of time,this combination of music is hard to beat. Willette's first album for Blue Note(FACE TO FACE) was a good first effort. This album is much better and is a real advancement over his first. The entire album is given over to the blues. No matter if it's an up-tempo number(Jumpin" Jupiter or Stop and Listen)or a slower number (At Last)the blues is never far from Willette's mind. The fantastic Grant Green is here once again on guitar and plays some of his most beautiful and inspired music that he ever put down. The trio is rounded out with Ben Dixon,a drummer much under-recognized for his ability to play with great nuance while still pushing the music along. This is the kind of music that really should be listened to in the late hours of the night. That has been said about countless other albums,but this is one time that it's really true.On this set Willette wrote four of the tunes,the others being well-known standards(Willow Weep for Me and At Last)and one soul-jazz(I hate titles like that)piece by Nat Adderley-the well known "Work Song". Even this last tune is given a blues treatment in arrangement while keeping it's straight ahead feel. There is an added "bonus" track,the wonderful "They Can't Take That Away From Me" that is given the "Willette treatment". Willette's discography is scant: two albums for Blue Note and two sets for Argosy in 1964(BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL and MO-ROCK)which are similar in format to the Blue Note recordings.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on May 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don't know how many at a time Toshiba-EMI press of these albums, but mine came in a jewel case with Japanese sleeve notes, and with a helpful full-size reprint of the original sleeve notes by Joe Goldberg. Goldberg makes use of an article by Frances Newton in the New Statesman about where Willette was coming from musically. The line up on the album is the same as on "Grant's First Stand"- another "must have" album. However, the result is different. Everybody gets a chance to spread out, with Green responding well to the bluesy and earthy nature of what Willette was doing, which was playing from a blues and gospel background, filling in the bass using the pedals and allowing Ben Dixon the drummer to spray clusters of fills around the music of the other two. Green sounds as though he loved every minute of the sessions. The chemistry works best on Willette's own compositions, of which my favourites are "Chances are few" and "Stop and listen". Even where he edges into standards,the outcome is a very bluesy stew. This is particularly true of "At last" which gets a real makeover. Even the version of Nat Adderley's "Work Song" is transformed. It's my most expensive purchase since the Freddie Roach import that I reviewed last year. However, repeated plays have confirmed that it is indeed a "must have" album, and if Eddie didn't convert you with his excellent review, I hope that mine will clinch the deal!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
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Baby Face Willette may not be a name well known outside Jazz organ maniac circles, but if you are a true '60s Blue Note era groove organ ensemble fan, this album is something to wet your pants over... Featuring Ben Dixon and Grant Green (the remainder of Lou Donaldson's earliest organ combo), Face's style is quite interesting... His basslines cook, his sound is dark and groovy, yet his chops at times remind you of Groove Holmes. (Needless to say he was a stone cold Jimmy Smith disciple, yet had his own thing going.)

A major highlight of this album is WILLOW WEEP FOR ME, a tune that be'dozens of people have recorded be'dozens of times over and over... yet I really do believe this version stands out in terms of the way it swings and is so groovy at the same time... His bass line is really smooth and happening... the solo starts off quite cool and preachy and he's in no hurry to get anywhere, yet if you keep your ear pinned to the speaker, you'll hear him pull out some really clever tricks and runs when you least expect it. - - Grant Green is... well... unmistakably Grant... and Ben Dixon plays in his distinct "Blakey in the pocket" style (his style is 100% Blakey school, but its adapted in a way that has a sensibility that only the deepest Jazz organ combo enthusiast could ever imagine. - - Put together, the level of comfort that these guys obviously had playing together took the session to a level that you can't just get by having "chops" and "talent"... there's a potent "cool" and "blue" chemistry going on hear, of which replication of is quite rare! - - 12 bar blues aside, another thing I like about this album is Face's ability to take very "straight from the book" standards, present them sensibly - - yet in a way that's so ridiculously cool, bluesy and seemingly effortless...
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