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Blue Note / Elemental Music

'Baby Face' Willette ‎– Face To Face | 2016 Reissue

$39.00

Blue Note / Elemental Music

'Baby Face' Willette ‎– Face To Face | 2016 Reissue

$39.00

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“"Face to Face", recorded in 1961, was one of two sessions he did for Blue Note (the second "Stop and Listen" was reissued last year) and features Fred Jackson on tenor, the fine R+B/jazz guitar of Grant Green and drummer Ben Dixon. The 6 tunes presented are all Willette originals with the exception of "Whatever Lola Wants". The beefy tones of tenor man Jackson, another long forgotten player, are always on display and he contributes a number of sly, witty solos. Equal space is afforded to Green and his blues-rooted, single note runs mesh perfectly with those of Willette.” – All About Jazz

“Face to Face boasts a mighty meat and potatoes soul-jazz lineup: Green on guitar, Fred Jackson on tenor, and drummer Ben Dixon. Comprised of six cuts, five of them are Willette originals. The evidence of the rough and rowdy side of Willette's playing is evident from the opener, "Swinging at Sugar Ray's." His approach to the B-3 is far more percussive than Jimmy Smith's, each note is a distinct punch; not only in his solos, but in his chord and head approaches. His solo is a nasty, knotty blues sprint that encompasses gospel licks and R&B fills, too. The other notable thing about the cut is Green's guitar break that shows a side of him we seldom got to hear early on, where he's bending strings, playing in the high register, and using intense single-note runs. It's nearly a breathless way to open a record. Things slow down on the blues "Goin' Down" that features a nice emotive solo by Jackson. The mambo-infused "Whatever Lola Wants" by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross comes next and includes some beautiful stop-and-and start moves in the melody, as well as beautiful call and response between Jackson and Willette, while Dixon's drums shift around the outside before the whole thing breaks down into a groover.” – All Music


Item description:        

Artist:

'Baby Face' Willette

Title:

Face To Face

Label:

Blue Note , Elemental Music

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180 gr

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original: 1961

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Hard Bop

Catalog No:

ST-84068, ERLP 1037

Condition:

New