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Format: Audio CD
Recorded over forty years ago, this disc still can bring it. The music jumps out at you with the breathtaking jazz interplay between these two giants of their instruments. Jimmy Smith makes the Hammond Organ, to borrow a phrase from Louis Prima, jump, jive and wail Jump, Jive an' Wail: The Essential. His frentic pace is matched evenly by the golden thumb of Wes Montgomery on interludes that swing. The tone of Wes Mongemory's guitar playing is legendary, often immitated but never duplicated, he stands alone when it comes to jazz guitar. Smith and Montgomery weave their spell all the while orchestrated by Oliver Nelson who was another giant in the field of jazz. The well known song "Night Train" probably made most popular by James Brown 50th Anniversary Collection takes a slightly different musical stroll down the rails while Smith attacks the organ in soulful fits as Montgomery phases through with his guitar as Nelson orchestrates pure organized pandemonium; it is like a whistle stop tour of swinging groove. The tempo is always fast and the only thing close to a slowed down burner is "James and Wes." Even on this toned down track the music displays a dry ice cool that is on fire. I cannot overemphasize the magnitude of these two giants trading riffs that are red hot. Songs that begin mellow take a life of their own as soon as Smith heats up on the Hammond Organ. Such is the case with "13(Death Martch)." I like this disc but I prefer their individual albums like Tequila,Smokin' at the Half Note or The Sermon!,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. It is a curious pairing but somehow it works for the most part. Recommended for jazz aficionados, straight no chaser.
on January 31, 2013
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Great collaboration of two great masters of their instruments of choice, the playful musical duo rises to pure fun and musical nirvana, listen,dance to it, enjoy.