Bags Meets Wes!

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072305021
  • Catalog Number: 30502
  • Sales rank: 59,575

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S.K.J. (5:17)
  2. 2 Stablemates (5:48)
  3. 3 Stairway to the Stars (3:40)
  4. 4 Blue Roz (4:48)
  5. 5 Sam Sack (6:06)
  6. 6 Jingles (6:56)
  7. 7 Delilah (6:13)
  8. 8 Stablemates (5:17)
  9. 9 Stairway to the Stars (3:47)
  10. 10 Jingles (6:53)
  11. 11 Delilah (6:18)
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Album Credits

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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Ken Deardoff Cover Design
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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