June 26, 2001
Jazz, Soul Jazz, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Hard Bop

Album Review

This single CD reissues all of the music originally on pianist Bobby Timmons' final two studio albums: Do You Know the Way and Got to Get It. 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 1967-1968. The earlier 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. Other selections from this set and all of the music from the later date feature Timmons in a quartet with guitarist Joe Beck. Jazz standards alternate with then-current pop tunes such as "Up Up and Away," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose," and "This Guy's in Love With You." Although not quite essential, this CD reissue in general features inventive and colorful solos and arrangements. This obscurity is worth checking out.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. If You Ain't Got It (I Got to Get It Somewhere)
  2. Up, Up and Away
  3. Travelin' Light
  4. Come Sunday
  5. One Down
  6. So Tired
  7. Here's That Rainy Day
  8. Straight, No Chaser
  9. Booker's Bossa
  10. The Spanish Count
  11. I Won't Be Back
  12. Last Night When We Were Young
  13. Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
  14. Come Together
  15. Something to Live For
  16. Soul Time
  17. This Guy's in Love With You