- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: April 2, 2007
- Label: Lonehill Jazz Spain
- 1.Johnny One Note
- 2.Sweet Blanche
- 3.Minor March
- 5.Jay Mac's Crib
- 6.Bohemia After Dark Into The Peck
- 7.Sweet Blanche (2ND Version)
- 8.Peck (2ND Version)
- 9.Snakes (2ND Version)
- 10.Minor March (2ND Version)
- 11.Jay Mac's Crib (2ND Version)
- 12.Peck (3RD Version)
- 13.Bohemia After Dark (2ND Version)
- 14.Johnny One Note (2ND Version)
- 15.Frankie and Johnny (Bonus Track)
- 16.Baby Grand (Bonus Track)
- 17.Christina (Bonus Track)
- 18.Summertime (Bonus Track)
- 19.Festival (Bonus Track)
- 20.Bumpkins (Bonus Track)
- 21.Frankie and Johnny (Alternate Take) (Bonus Track)
- 22.Summertime (Alternate Take) (Bonus Track)
- 23.Festival (Alternate Take) (Bonus Track)
- 24.Bumpkins (Alternate Take) (Bonus Track)
Personnel: Danny Bank (flute, baritone saxophone); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Dave Burns, Donald Byrd (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); George Wellington (piano); Kenny Clarke (drums).
Liner Note Author: Stewart Clay.
Recording information: New York, NY (05/12/1954/09/09/1955); The Cafe Bohemia, NY (05/12/1954/09/09/1955).
Arranger: Quincy Jones.
The people behind the Lone Hill Jazz label deserve some kind of humanitarian award for reissuing two of George Wallington's very best albums: Live! At Cafe Bohemia (recorded on September 9, 1955, and subsequently issued on both the Progressive and Prestige labels) and George Wallington Showcase (recorded in a studio for Blue Note on May 12, 1954). The band heard at the Bohemia -- trumpeter Donald Byrd and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean in front of Wallington, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor -- had the power and depth of ensembles led by Charles Mingus and Art Blakey during the mid- to late '50s. The Showcase session, using Quincy Jones arrangements, resulted in music that was equally inspired and exhilarating, if at times a bit more reined in. A magnificent front line of trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, and saxophonists Frank Foster and Danny Banks was securely backed by Wallington, Oscar Pettiford, and Kenny Clarke. Banks, a capable baritone saxophonist, doubled at times on the flute, intensifying the James Moody-like aspect already suggested by the presence of Burns and Pettiford. This marvelous session acts as an organic counterweight to the sizzling live date. The inclusion of alternate takes from both albums adds ballast and excitement to a superb and satisfying stash of vintage hard bop. ~ arwulf arwulf