Wes Montgomery: Come Rain Or Come Shine


Come Rain Or Come Shine


Wes Montgomery (guitar)


Full House (OJC 106)

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Wes Montgomery (guitar), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer


Recorded: Tsubo's, Berkeley, CA, June 25, 1962


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Full House was Wes Montgomery’s first live album, and the album title refers both to the overflow crowd at the Berkeley coffee house, Tsubo’s, but also, in a figurative manner, to the all-star lineup of the quintet. The rhythm section had been the core of Miles Davis’ quintet since 1959 and had just started performing on their own, and Johnny Griffin had a stellar reputation as one of the finest soul tenor saxophonists on the scene. While Griffin and Wynton Kelly both play superb solos on this medium-up version of “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, it is Montgomery who provides the highlights. Montgomery plays both melody statements without Griffin, and takes the central solo, so the arrangement is set up as a guitar feature, but it is when Montgomery moves into parallel octaves at the end of his second solo chorus that he grabs the spotlight. He creates powerful lines and effectively repeats them for emphasis. Moreover, he plays closer to the top of the beat, driving the rhythm section by example. The excitement leaps through the speakers, and it’s if you’re right there in the audience. This was the second take attempted on that night and although producer Orrin Keepnews claims that it was a close call between the takes, the first version is slower, less inspired, and no match for this one.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe

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