Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

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Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:05 minutes | 536 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Resonance Records

‘Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)’ presents previously unreleased live sets by jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery with the irrepressibly swinging pianist Wynton Kelly and his trio captured live at the Penthouse in Seattle, WA on April 14 and 21, 1966. Recorded less than a year after Wes and Wynton’s classic 1965 live album ‘Smokin’ at the Half Note’, which guitarist Pet Metheny calls “the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made,” ‘Smokin’ in Seattle’ finds the dynamic duo joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson) and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Located in the heart of Seattle’s historic district in Pioneer Square,the Penthouse jazz club was opened in 1962 by Charles Puzzo, Sr., and quickly became a destination for iconic jazz talents such as John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz and The Three Sounds to name a few. Well-known radio personality, Jim Wilke, developed a working relationship with this legendary club, which in turn allowed him to air live broadcasts from the club every Thursday night using state-of-the-art equipment of that era. His weekly radio show, Jazz from the Penthouse, aired on Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KING FM from 1962 through 1968, and has never been rebroadcast. When executive producer George Klabin learned of these recordings, he couldn’t believe his good fortune to come across this thrilling 1960s material of Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly.

Wynton Kelly first collaborated with Wes Montgomery in 1962 with their album Full House (Riverside), also with Jimmy Cobb on drums (McClure joined Wynton Kelly’s trio a few years later in 1965, replacing Paul Chambers), followed by the legendary Smokin’ at the Half Note . And now we have Smokin’ in Seattle, a new chapter in the storied collaboration of these two jazz giants.

This 10-track album is indeed a “smokin'” musical exchange between Wynton and Wes, swinging with fire-cracker energy. The Wynton Kelly trio opened each set of the 9-night engagement with a couple of tunes before Wes joined them on stage. The album opens with “There Is No Greater Love,” an upbeat rendition of Isham Jones’s well known jazz standard. Wynton glides through seven choruses filled with his trademark lyrical legato lines, with bluesy twists and turns along the way. His joyous playing is apparent from the start. In an interview with Kenny Baron included in the liner notes, he says, “Wynton was kind of in a class by himself. His touch, his feeling, his sense of time, sense of rhythm… For me it was just very, very unique.” Often underappreciated as a player, despite his years with Miles Davis, Wynton remains an iconic figure, for jazz fans and next generation of jazz players.

01. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – There Is No Greater Love (08:18)
02. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Not A Tear (06:32)
03. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Jingles (04:32)
04. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – What’s New? (04:51)
05. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Blues In F (02:46)
06. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Sir John (08:39)
07. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – If You Could See Me Now (05:56)
08. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – West Coast Blues (04:02)
09. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – O Morro Não Tem Vez (06:15)
10. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery – Oleo (02:08)

Wynton Kelly -– piano
Ron McClure -– bass
Jimmy Cobb -– drums
Wes Montgomery –- guitar on *


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