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Tenorman King Curtis (1934-1971) is best known as a rhythm and blues star. But, as he shows here, fronting two coruscating rhythm sections graced by pianist Wynton Kelly, and sharing the front line with the sparkling trumpet and cornet of Nat Adderley, there was much more to him than that.
Confident, fluent and agile, he builds his solos with care and economy, his big, warm, wraparound tone recalling the blues-drenched power and authority of Gene Ammons. He has an ideal partner in the ebulliently inventive Adderley, while Kelly once dubbed the most swinging pianist ever by no less than drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played with him and the bassist here, Paul Chambers, in Miles Daviss rhythm section lifts these sessions as only he could. Ably abetted by Chambers, one of the best on his instrument in jazz, Kelly, impeccable both as soloist and accompanist, is an indispensable element in the success of these sessions.
01. Da Du Dah (Curtis) 5:07
02. Have You Heard? (Curtis-Foster) 10.18
03. Willow Weep For Me (Ronell) 5:20
04. Little Brother Soul (Curtis) 8:31
05. In A Funky Groove (Curtis) 10:47
06. Soul Meeting (Curtis) 6:59
07. Lazy Soul (Curtis) 7:12
08. All The Way (Cahn-Van Heusen) 5:29
09. Jeep's Blues (Ellington-Hodges) 6:55
10. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Porter) 5:40
11. Do You Have A Soul Now? (Curtis) 6:24
Tracks #1-5, from the LP "The New Scene of King Curtis" (New Jazz NJ8237)
Tracks #6-11, from the LP "Soul Meeting" (Prestige / Status ST7222)
Personnel on #1-5:
Nat Adderley (cornet, except on #3), King Curtis (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Oliver Jackson (drums).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 21, 1960
Personnel on #6-11:
Nat Adderley (cornet, except on #8), King Curtis (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Belton Evans (drums).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 18, 1960
Original sessions supervised by Ozzie Cadena
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Original art by Esmond Edwards & Don Schlitten
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered