Complete Live At The Bohemia (2 Cd Set)
George Wallington (p), Donald Byrd (tp), Jackie Mclean (as), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d)
This release presents the George Wallington quintet's September 9, 1955 performances at the Bohemia in their entirety for the first time ever. As multiple sets were recorded that evening with frequently repeated numbers, subsequent editions of this music tended to choose some performances, while leaving out others. Until now, they had never been reunited together on one set, and therefore the titles played were often incorrectly listed on many discographies, which usually contained only the original masters chosen but not the second versions of the same tunes. For instance, not a single discographic source accounts for the three different existing versions of the band's theme song "The Peck".
The inclusion of all of the material recorded at the Bohemia on September 9, 1955 is especially important when taking into consideration the incomparable all-star lineup of George Wallington's quintet. The superlative and exciting music produced from these performances exceeds the expectations created by a band composed solely of musicians of the highest caliber.
As a further rare bonus, on the second disc it has been added the complete LP George Wallington: Showcase featuring Jimmy Cleveland, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke with arrangements by Quincy Jones.
01. JOHNNY ONE NOTE
02. SWEET BLANCHE
03. MINOR MARCH
05. JAY MACS CRIB
06. BOHEMIA AFTER DARK into THE PECK
07. SWEET BLANCHE (2nd version)
08. THE PECK (2nd version)
09. SNAKES (2nd version)
10. MINOR MARCH (2nd version)
11. JAY MACS CRIB (2nd version)
Total time: 75:15 min.
01. THE PECK (3rd version)
02. BOHEMIA AFTER DARK (2nd version)
03. JOHNNY ONE NOTE (2nd version)
04. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY*
05. BABY GRAND*
10. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY [Alternate Take]*
11. SUMMERTIME [Alternate Take]*
12. FESTIVAL [Alternate Take]*
13. BUMPKINS [Alternate Take]*
Total time: 71:45 min.
(*) Bonus album
CD 1 & CD 2, tracks #1-3 from "George Wallington Quintet At The Bohemia" (Prestige PR 7820).
CD 2, tracks #4-13 from "George Wallington Showcase" (Blue Note 10" 5045).
Personnel on the "George Wallington Quintet At The Bohemia" album: George Wallington (p), Donald Byrd (tp), Jackie Mclean (as), Paul Chambers (b and Art Taylor (d). Recorded live at the Café Bohemia, New York City, on September 9, 1955.
Personnel on the "George Wallington Showcase" album: George Wallington (p), Dave Burns (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Frank Foster (ts), Danny Bank (bs, fl), George Wallington (p), Oscar Pettiford (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). Quincy Jones (arr). Recorded in New York City, on May 12, 1954.
"The people behind the Lone Hill Jazz label deserve some kind of humanitarian award for reissuing two of George Wallington's very best albums: Live! At Cafe Bohemia (recorded on September 9, 1955, and subsequently issued on both the Progressive and Prestige labels) and George Wallington Showcase (recorded in a studio for Blue Note on May 12, 1954). The band heard at the Bohemia - trumpeter Donald Byrd and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean in front of Wallington, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor - had the power and depth of ensembles led by Charles Mingus and Art Blakey during the mid- to late '50s. The Showcase session, using Quincy Jones arrangements, resulted in music that was equally inspired and exhilarating, if at times a bit more reined in. A magnificent front line of trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, and saxophonists Frank Foster and Danny Banks was securely backed by Wallington, Oscar Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke. Banks, a capable baritone saxophonist, doubled at times on the flute, intensifying the James Moody-like aspect already suggested by the presence of Burns and Pettiford. This marvelous session acts as an organic counterweight to the sizzling live date. The inclusion of alternate takes from both albums adds ballast and excitement to a superb and satisfying stash of vintage hard bop."
Arwulf Arwulf -All Music Guide