Friday Music: Dig Dees Fried Pies

August 5th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’ve going to hit you with a couple of extremely swinging entries today, one—Dig Dis–from Hank Mobley, featuring Wyton Kelly on piano, and the other—Fried Pies–from Wes Montgomery, featuring Mel Rhyne on the organ.

Note that I cite the sidemen on these cuts.  That’s because they’re both exceptional.

Wynton Kelly opens Dig Dis and Mel Rhyne takes the first solo on Fried Pies.  Wynton has one of the most finger poppin’ grooves in bebop.  To me, he’s always right on the crest of the wave, slightly ahead of the beat, but always completely relaxed.

Mel Rhyne plays a classic blues solo which peaks in minute 2:14 where he holds the funkiest note ever held on a Hammond organ.  Now, I know there are some Jimmy Smith peeps out there and I’m right there with you.  But Hammond organ blues simply doesn’t get better than this.

And I haven’t even gotten into the frontliners: Hank and Wes.  This is Wes’s second appearance on this blogstage, so you know he’s my man. 

But so is Hank–71% of what he plays could be called standard licks but they just sound so perfectly created and placed that you would never hear them that way.  It’s like he’s got this recipe book of great jazz melodies and he cooks them all together into the most delicious soul stew.


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