Tim Fitzgerald – Tim Fitzgerald’s Full House (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:58 minutes | 551 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cellar Live
In 2015, Fitzgerald founded Tim Fitzgerald’s Full House, a septet with a repertory mission that borrowed its name from one of Montgomery’s compositions (and the live album on which it first appeared). Drawing members from the top shelf of Windy City straight-ahead jazz – the vibrant scene that tenor saxophonist Von Freeman called ‘hardcore jazz’ – Fitzgerald turned to folks he’s worked with extensively, including the sparklingly inventive pianist Tom Vaitsas and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Victor Garcia, as well as George Fludas, one of the city’s greatest drummers and a veteran who has worked with Wes’s pianist/vibraphonist brother Buddy Montgomery as well as Mel Rhyne, who played organ with Wes. Working towards this, their eponymous first record, Full House dug in for residencies and one-nighters, cultivating a deep understanding of the material and establishing an approach to Wes quite unlike anything previous. With a ‘little big-band’ vibe that allows them to range back and forth from fulsome arrangements featuring a three-horn and guitar frontline to spare soulful small group sounds.The results are transformative. It’s both a songbook record and an achievement on its own terms.
Fitzgerald’s genuine love of Wes shines through, but it’s not a devotee’s slavish re-enactment. Each track crackles and flows with uncorked imagination. It’s gorgeously conceived, a program of precise selections culled from the Montgomery archives and thoughtfully rearranged. The record elucidates the way his music could be ultra-hip modern and deep-in-the-soul down home at the same time.
1-1. Tim Fitzgerald – S.O.S (05:43)
1-2. Tim Fitzgerald – Four On Six (04:54)
1-3. Tim Fitzgerald – Far Wes (04:57)
1-4. Tim Fitzgerald – Cariba (03:34)
1-5. Tim Fitzgerald – Jingles (05:23)
1-6. Tim Fitzgerald – Mr. Walker (04:31)
1-7. Tim Fitzgerald – Fried Pies (04:38)
1-8. Tim Fitzgerald – While We’re Young (02:12)
1-9. Tim Fitzgerald – Twisted Blues (04:27)
1-10. Tim Fitzgerald – West Coast Blues (05:36)