In the summer of 1948, tenor saxophonist Wild Bill Moore scored a hit on the rhythm 'n' blues charts with a kicking number called "We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll," one of the first tunes whose title combined two words--"Rock" and "Roll"--that would define popular music for the rest of the 20th century, and beyond. But Moore (1918-1983) was really an Illinois Jacquet-inspired player whose honking and shouting exhortations met at the junction of R&B and jazz. Wild Bill's Beat and Bottom Groove, the two Jazzland LPs joined here, were made about six months apart in 1961 by two different quintets. On both albums Moore was pushed by the same responsive bass-drums-conga team of Joe Benjamin, Ben Riley, and Ray Barretto, but Wild Bill's Beat featured Junior Mance, then a hot pianist in the soul-jazz field, while Bottom Groove, benefited from the top-notch organ stylings of Johnny "Hammond" Smith. (Organ-tenor saxophone bands were all the rage in the early Sixties.) Moore's extroverted tenor, whose upper register is indeed wild, is solid throughout. R&B and soul-jazz fans will relish the return to the catalog of these long-deleted items. Two additional points of interest: Wild Bill's Beat boasts an update of "We're Gonna Rock," here retitled "Bubbles," and in 1971 Moore was heard behind Marvin Gaye on that great soul singer-songwriter's smash "Mercy, Mercy Me."
with Junior Mance, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Joe Benjamin, Ben Riley, Ray Barretto