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on 22 May 2011
This is an album that positively fizzes with energy. The musicianship is impeccable, the material excellent, and the players are among the finest jazz has ever produced. Although a live record, it should be mentioned that the sound quality is as good as anything cut in the studios at that time. One of Wes Montgomery's two or three finest albums, the addition of sizzling saxophonist Johnny Griffin (once legitimately credited as the fastest tenor in jazz) raises the excitement level and seems to really inspire Wes in his improvisations. The album leads off with the title track which is a 3/4 tune that really manages to swing. There is an infectious Montgomery original called Cariba, compelling fast versions of Blue & Boogie, and Wes' S.O.S. as well as a great version of the standard Come Rain Or Come Shine. Of particular interest to guitar lovers is Wes' intimate version of I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, which he plays in chord-melody style, and for which Griffin sits out. It has a wonderful spanish tinged introduction.

At the time of this recording the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers & Jimmy Cobb was regarded as one of the finest in jazz, and they give the soloists immaculate and supple support. Wynton Kelly's own piano solos are excellent. All in all this album is a jazz classic, and represents one of the pinnacles of small group hard bop.
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on 26 August 2013
For the second time (the other was Herbie Hancock's Takin Off) I should have noted that this version is on the Hallmark label, so no track timings, no personnel listing, no recording dates, no nothin'. I don't know whether Hallmark have copyright problems with that kind of information or whether they're just too lazy or mean to include it, but either way for the serious jazz fan it's a nuisance. But the record is cheap and the sound quality is acceptable.
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on 26 April 2004
...Jesus: this record is full of energy and poetry at the same time; theplayers cast is no less than stellar and for all the record there's one ofthe most intense interplay you'll ever heard, in a group ofmusicians.
Jimmy Cobb, Winton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Wes, Johnny Griffinplayed in '62 this record that you will definitely buy and enjoy for therest of your life. Trust me: I KNOW IT!!!! No further words needed.
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I have a much older OJC / Riverside CD release with nine tracks. Apparently OJC / Riverside released a number of different Czd releases with 6 - 11 tracks. This "Hallmark" release has only six tracks, and I haven't listened to it for musical quality.
For those who have, rightly, complained about lack of some vital information it is: Recorded 25 June 1962. Personnel: Montgomery (gtr), Johnny Griffin (tnr), Wynton Kelly (pno), Paul Chambers (b) and Jimmy Cobb (d).
This is truly swinging album where the band respond positively to the encouragement of the audience. A fine band, great music, great album. If the sound quality is good, this Hallmark release represents good value.
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on 27 September 2007
there are 2 cds entitled full house and they are both different. This one is a con as it is a compilation featuring half a concert from 1965 in paris. This is half the concert what is the point in that?!?

Buy the complete live in paris cd for the whole thing. Also get the PROPER full house live album which is a different concert recorded in 1962. This is just a stupid record label trying to make money by conning people, AGAIN.
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on 21 January 2015
Great service,great album.Thanks very much.
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on 3 January 2015
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