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This Here Is by Bobby Timmons

This January 1960 recording comes to life in the Super Audio Hybrid SACD version. It goes without saying that the music is exquisite, and in this format that quality jumps out of the speakers. Joined by Jimmy Cobb and Sam Jones, Timmons was at his best here. His three biggest "hits" are reprised here. "This Here" and "Dat Dere" were successful vehicles for Cannonball Adderley the previous year and "Moanin’" was just as well received with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The solo take on "Lush Life" is well organized and executed and "Prelude To A Kiss" is given a treatment that reminds of Bill Evans with his trio. "The Party’s Over" varies between erratic and full bore run in an effective manner, and "Joy Ride" is nothing less that explosive, particularly in Cobb’s opening assault and Timmons sprint. The solo take on "My Funny Valentine" borders on being over the top in it’s lush lavishness, and "Come Rain or Come Shine," a tune that has been given every conceivable kind of reading, is played heavy and almost ploddingly. This is an important album. The SACD presentation gives it a live in the studio feel that greatly impresses.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bobby Timmons
  • CD Title: This Here Is
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Reissue Original Release: 1960
  • Record Label: Riverside
  • Rating: Four Stars
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