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Bags Meets Wes!
     

Bags Meets Wes!

by Wes Montgomery
 

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Milt Jackson was 38 when, in December 1961, he co-led this superb hard-bop date with the distinctive guitarist Wes Montgomery. A jazzman who was as opinionated as he was gifted, Jackson wouldn't hesitate to tell you exactly what he thought of a musician -- so when he praised Montgomery, you knew his praise was genuine. Not surprisingly, the boppers prove to be quite

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Milt Jackson was 38 when, in December 1961, he co-led this superb hard-bop date with the distinctive guitarist Wes Montgomery. A jazzman who was as opinionated as he was gifted, Jackson wouldn't hesitate to tell you exactly what he thought of a musician -- so when he praised Montgomery, you knew his praise was genuine. Not surprisingly, the boppers prove to be quite compatible on Bags Meets Wes, which finds them co-leading an all star-quintet that also includes pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones (who shouldn't be confused with swing drummer Jo Jones). Although Jackson and Montgomery prove what lyrical ballad players they could be on the standard "Stairway to the Stars," ballads aren't a high priority on this album. Instead, the improvisers put more of their energy into the blues -- and the 12-bar format serves them well on "Sam Sack," "Blue Roz," and "S.K.J." Equally strong are hard-swinging versions of Montgomery's "Jingles" and Benny Golson's "Stablemates."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0888072305021
catalogNumber:
30502
Rank:
8146

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Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Milt Jackson   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Joe Goldberg   Original Liner Notes
Benny Golson   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Reissue Producer,Audio Production,Annotation
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Ken Deardoff   Cover Design
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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