Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wes Montgomery / Jimmy Smith - Further Adventures Of Jimmy And Wes (1966)
This is the sort of thing that will place high in the results of an internet search on the phrase “roots of acid jazz.” Organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery were already titans of the jazz world before they teamed up, and "Further Adventures", their second album together, enhanced the legends of both men. For the most part, it’s a slow-burning affair full of simmering grooves, laid-back solos, and hypnotic riffs. The tone is exemplified by a mellow jazz/bossa nova version of the ‘60s pop hit “Call Me,” digging deeply into a loungey feel. Interestingly, though, bop boss Montgomery pulls the bluesy Smith into his own axis on a version of “‘Round Midnight” that finds Smith venturing into more harmonically adventurous territory than usual.
Personnel includes: Jimmy Smith (organ); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Oliver Nelson (arranger); Grady Tate (drums); Ray Barretto (percussion).
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