These are my records: The Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes

Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery: “The Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes”

The organ trio (B3 organ, guitar and drums) is one of my favorite jazz combo formats, and Jimmy Smith set the standard for a very long time. This record sounds lounge-y at first but is loaded with sneaky jazz chops. The Smith / Montgomery take on Petula Clark’s “Call Me” really gets into a funky little groove and is worth the price of the record all by itself.

These are my records: Jazz Impressions of Japan

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Jazz Impressions of Japan”

Let’s get something out of the way up front: this album sounds like Dave Brubeck, and if you’re at all familiar with his work you know exactly what I mean by that. I’m more interested in asking the question, what should we expect a jazz impression of Japan to sound like? There’s not a lot of overt eastern influence in the melodies (though you can hear some, here and there). Rather, the overall sound of the album is urban, energetic, sophisticated and modern … which is probably not a bad guess at how Japan in 1964 actually sounded.