Both cut in 1961 for Riverside Record’s Jazzland subsidiary, Wild Bill’s Beat features Moore with Junior Mance and his trio, while Bottom Groove goes for the organ combo sound as fostered by Johnny Hammond Smith. Ray Barretto adds some wild congas on “Just You, Just Me” and Hammond brings things down to a simmer for “Sea Breezes,” a gorgeous ballad item that shows Moore was capable of more substance than his Illinois Jacquet-inspired showboating usually hinted at.
Both of the albums contained herein have been long unavailable and are among the most obscure items from the Jazzland catalog (I’m still waiting however, for a reissue of the extremely rare Jazzland set by The Metronomes). But even putting that aside, there’s certainly enough substance and joie de vivre here to reward any mainstream fan, especially those who might already dig Junior Mance and Johnny Hammond Smith.
Track Listing: Heavy Soul; A Good 'Un; Tearin' Out; Wild Bill's Beat; Things Are Getting Better; Bubbles; Just You, Just Me; Sister Caroline; Bottom Groove; My Little Girl; Down with It; Sea Breezes; Caravan
Personnel: Wild Bill Moore (tenor saxophone)with Junior Mance, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Joe Benjamin, Ben Riley, Ray Barretto
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz
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