Complete Vee Jay Studio Recordings
Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers, Sam Jones (b), Jimmy Cobb, Philly Joe Jones (d)
The integral Vee Jay studio works of one of the most outstanding piano trios. Featuring Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones. Includes all the master and alternate takes.
This release contains the complete Vee Jay studio recordings made by the Wynton Kelly Trio on one edition. The Wynton Kelly heard here (from the period 1959-1961), was at the peak of his fruitful collaboration with Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and the inimitable John Coltrane filling out the celebrated quintet. It is interesting to hear Kelly as the main performer, displaying his own personality and even playing some of his own compositions.
This release contains the complete original albums: "Kelly At Midnite,", "Wynton Kelly!" and Paul Chambers album "Go!" - including all the master and alternate takes.
01. Dear Ann
03. Weird Lullaby
04. On Stage
06. Pot Luck
07. Come Rain Or Come Shine
08. Make The Man Love Me
09. Autumn Leave
10. Surrey With The Fringe On Top
11. Joe's Avenue
13. Love, I've Found You
14. Gone With The Wind
Total time: 71:13 min.
01. Someday My Prince Will Come
02. Char's Blues
03. Dear Ann (Alternate take 1)
04. Dear Ann (Alternate take 2)
05. Autumn Leaves (Alternate take 1)
06. Autumn Leaves (Alternate take 2)
07. Autumn Leaves (Alternate take 3)
08. Char's Blues (Alternate take 1)
09. Char's Blues (Alternate take 2)
10. Joe's Avenue (Alternate take 1)
11. Joe's Avenue (Alternate take 4)
12. Joe's Avenue (Alternate take 8)
13. Joe's Avenue (Alternate take 9)
14. Someday My Prince Will Come (Alternate take 6)
15. Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Alternate take 3)
Total time: 74:00 min.
CD 1, track #1 & CD 2, tracks #3-4 originaly issued as Paul Chambers' "Go!" (Vee Jay VJLP 1014). Personnel: Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chmabers (b) and Jimmy Cobb (d). Recorded at Universal Recorders Studio,in Chicago, on February 2, 1959.
CD 1, tracks# 2-6 from Wynton Kelly's "Kelly at Midnite" (Vee Jay VJLP 3011). Personnel: Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Philly Joe Jones (d). Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, on April 27, 1960.
CD 1, tracks#7-14, CD 2, tracks #1-2 & 5-15 from "Wynton Kelly!" (Vee Jay VJLP 3022). Personnel: Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Jimmy Cobb (d). Recorded at Bell Sound Studio A, New York City, on July 20 & 21, 1961.
-Kelly at Midnite
"This 1960 date was a first-rate trio outing with Kelly given the space to demonstrate subtlety and flair, harmonic precision, melodic brilliance and rhythmic diversity. He was backed by a pair of rhythm dynamos, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. [...] There is no complaint about the music's beauty."
Ron Wynn -All Music Guide
"A key session player and bandmember with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, and Wes Montgomery, to single out just a handful, pianist Wynton Kelly also led several sessions of his own during his short life. This Collectables reissue of a 1961 Vee-Jay release is a fine example of Kelly relaxed and swinging. Working a similar niche to some of the piano trio work of Red Garland and Ahmad Jamal - two pianists with their own associations with Miles Davis - Kelly takes a selection of well-known standards and energizes them with tasteful, sophisticated, snappy performances, blending in a group of original tunes along the way. "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "Gone With the Wind," and "Autumn Leaves" are all given fresh, up-tempo treatments. The ballads "Love I've Found You" and Kelly's own "Make the Man Love Me" showcase thoughtful interplay among the trio members. Sam Jones and Paul Chambers share bass duties on the set. Jimmy Cobb is the drummer. While Jones' trademark, sonorous whump comes through nicely in the mix, overall, the performances of the sidemen are more self-effacing than is typical for them. But, then again, this date is about putting a much-deserved spotlight on the pianist's talents. It's a short turn in the limelight, though."
Jim Todd -All Music Guide