℗ ℗ 1961 Blue Note Records; A Blue Note Records Release
 

Face To Face

Baby Face Willette Quartet

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1
Swingin' At Sugar Ray's
Baby Face Willette Quartet
6:32
2
Goin' Down
Baby Face Willette Quartet
7:24
3
Whatever Lola Wants
Baby Face Willette Quartet
7:19
4
Face To Face
Baby Face Willette Quartet
6:14
5
Somethin' Strange
Baby Face Willette Quartet
6:41
6
High 'N Low
Baby Face Willette Quartet
7:05
Total Playing Time    41:15
Nicknamed “Baby Face” on account of his fresh features and youthful visage, soul jazz organist Roosevelt Willette played his instrument with a sanctified fervour that reflected his roots in gospel music. Though his place of origin is disputed – some believe he hailed from jazz’s birthplace, New Orleans, while others claim he was a native of Little Rock, Arkansas – what can’t be disputed is his mastery of the Hammond organ.

Releasing his debut album, Face To Face, in 1961, this son of a preacher rode in on the wave of aspiring jazz organists that proliferated in the wake of Jimmy Smith’s breakthrough in the late 50s. Smith’s success and the popularity of his recordings validated the organ as a bona fide jazz instrument and resulted in a raft of wannabe Hammond heroes looking to make it on the American jazz scene.

With Face To Face, Blue Note organist “Baby Face” Willette brought a distinctive sound and a new dynamism to jazz before disappearing into obscurity.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – CM BLUE NOTE (A92) Studio Masters

Tracks 1-6 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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