Wynton Kelly : Kelly Blues

Wynton Kelly : Kelly Blues


Wynton Kelly (piano), Nat Adderley (trumpet), Bobby Jaspar (flute), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

Riverside 1142

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

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1. - Kelly Blue
2 - Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise
3 - Green Dolphin Street
4 - Willow Weep For Me
5 - Keep It Moving
6 - Old Clothes

Recorded on February 19 & March 10, 1959.

Pianist Wynton Kelly had a soulful, swinging immediacy about his playing. Best known for his recordings with Miles Davis in 1957 and on Freddie Freeloader for Kind of Blue in 1959, Kelly went out on his own in 1963 with a trio at exactly the wrong time. Album opportunities were drying up and along with club audiences as older jazz fans preferred to stay home and younger ones were gravitating toward pop and soul.

One of his finest albums was Kelly Blue, recorded for Riverside in February and March 1959, which sandwiched his March 2nd Freddie Freeloader recording for Kind of Blue

The album was divided into two configuration ; a sextet session recorded in February and trio in March. The sextet featured a fascinating mix of artists : Nat Adderley (trumpet), Bobby Jaspar (flute), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums). With Kelly at the center of the action with his airy blues and chord voicings, the other artists spin around him. Nat's tender trumpet, Jaspar's warm flute and Benny's smoky tenor saxophone provide a terrific combination of subtle textures. The slinky Kelly Blue and driving Keep It Movin', based on the chord changes to Autumn Leaves, are the two sextet features and are as elegant as can be.

The trio tracks include On Green Dolphin Street, Willow Weep for Me, Old Clothes and Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me. On Green Dolphin Street is very hip, since it gives us a chance to hear what Kelly might have done on the Miles Davis recording in 1958 instead of Bill Evans. Willow Weep for Me is saturated in the blues with Kelly leaving plenty of space, a hallmark of his playing style. Old Clothes is a blues by Kelly, and Duke Ellington's Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me is taken as a walking mid-tempo blues. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise is one of the finest jazz interpretations of the song that I can think of.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

 This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.