Wes Montgomery: Full House


Full House


Wes Montgomery (guitar)


Full House (Riverside RS 9434)

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

Composed by Wes Montgomery


Recorded: Live at Tsubo, Berkeley, CA, June 25, 1962


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

I can't think of many jazz tunes in 3/4 that groove as hard as Wes Montgomery's "Full House." Recorded live in California, this date boasts a powerful line-up, with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin adding some nice spice to the mix. Montgomery regularly recorded with the rhythm section of Kelly, Chambers and Cobb and as usual, the captured sound is some of the best straight ahead jazz to come out of the 1960s. Montgomery's solo is lively, full of octaves and steady movement. When Griffin takes his solo, he combines upper register notes with rapid mid-register runs, enticing the listener for more. Griffin was a top notch soloist, hands down.

Wynton Kelly swings and brings everything home with his blues filled piano lines. He also variates his rhythms just enough to get the listener interested in every note he is going to play. He also adds some chordal strikes during his solo, not something he usually did with Montgomery. This is a solid example of the swing factor. Montgomery and company get straight As on this one! Check out the nice little Bossa nova turn around at the end.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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