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Glide On: Legends of Acid Jazz

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All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Bill Jennings' guitar was integral to the sound of jazz organ pioneers Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis. His dry, twangy, swinging sound was also part of organist Jack McDuff's transitional first release as a leader, Brother Jack. Here Jennings is in the spotlight on a compilation of his 1959 date, Enough Said, and 1960's Glide On. The lineup is actually the same as on Brother Jack: McDuff, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Alvin Johnson on drums. Jennings' brother, Al, joins in on the later set, contributing second guitar and some effective work on vibes. Just as McDuff's organ here still has the imprint of the roller-rink sound of Doggett and Davis, Jennings' guitar is also a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Todd
Bill Jennings' guitar was integral to the sound of jazz organ pioneers Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis. His dry, twangy, swinging sound was also part of organist Jack McDuff's transitional first release as a leader, Brother Jack. Here Jennings is in the spotlight on a compilation of his 1959 date, Enough Said, and 1960's Glide On. The lineup is actually the same as on Brother Jack: McDuff, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Alvin Johnson on drums. Jennings' brother, Al, joins in on the later set, contributing second guitar and some effective work on vibes. Just as McDuff's organ here still has the imprint of the roller-rink sound of Doggett and Davis, Jennings' guitar is also a product of an earlier era. It's easy to hear the influence of the bluesy jazz of guitarist Tiny Grimes, along with the jumping Texas blues of T-Bone Walker, the elastic riffing of Chuck Berry, and the early bop of Charlie Christian. In other words, the music has a vintage charm that is appealing in its own right and insightful as a precursor to the more full-throttled sound of the classic jazz organ combos of Jimmy Smith. The earlier set predates Brother Jack by a few months; the later one was recorded at about the same time. The tracks are generally grounded in the blues, with occasional forays into popular songs, one or two of which don't quite catch fire. Highlights include "Billin' and Bluin'" with McDuff on excellent blues piano, Wild Bill Davis' "Azure-Te," and the sly, soul-jazz prototypes "Enough Said" and "Glide One."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1999
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218523424
  • Catalog Number: 24234
  • Sales rank: 105,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Enough Said (6:42)
  2. 2 Tough Gain (4:17)
  3. 3 Volare (7:02)
  4. 4 Dark Eyes (4:42)
  5. 5 It Could Happen to You (6:26)
  6. 6 Blue Jams (5:29)
  7. 7 Dig Uncle Will (3:31)
  8. 8 Glide On (5:33)
  9. 9 Alexandria, Virginia (3:55)
  10. 10 Billin' and Bluin' (4:45)
  11. 11 There Will Never Be Another You (3:53)
  12. 12 Azure-Te (Paris Blues) (4:44)
  13. 13 Fiddlin' (2:37)
  14. 14 Cole Slaw (8:08)
  15. 15 Hey, Mrs. Jones (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Jennings Primary Artist, Guitar
Rudy Van Gelder Recorder
Wendell Marshall Bass
Jack McDuff Organ, Piano
Alvin Johnson Snare Drums
Al Jennings Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Jennings Composer
Domenico Modugno Composer
Francesci Migliacci Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Al Jennings Vibe Master
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