18 February 2007
BOBBY TIMMONS - GOT TO GET IT !
Bobby Timmons on a groovy tip for Milestone from 1967.
Timmons, who died at the age of 38 in 1974 indirectly from years of drug abuse, is best known for his work in the late '50s/early '60s, but he still had something strong to offer during 1967 for his penultimate album. This album has the pianist in an unusual setting (for him): at the head of a nonet arranged by Tom McIntosh. The reeds of Hubert Laws, James Moody, Joe Farrell, and George Barrow are heard from (particularly on "Straight No Chaser"); trumpeter Jimmy Owens has some spots; and occasionally background singers are utilized.
Here's how the chaps at Dusty Groove describe it (they are currently awaiting delivery of a new Japanese cd reissue):
One of the rarest Bobby Timmons albums and one of the grooviest too! The funky piano genius plays here in two different settings- one, a tight quartet with some nice guitar by a young Joe Beck; the other, with a groovy larger band, led by Tom McIntosh, and augmented by voices. The McIntosh stuff's the kind of material we used to hate, but believe us, it's great here, and the mix of voice, woodwinds, and funky piano is amazing! The arrangements are really off-kilter and fresher than most stuff from this vintage, and the material's a sweet mix of groove and funk that provides a perfect showcase for Timmons' incredible piano talents.