Eight Classic Albums

Eight Classic Albums

by Wes Montgomery
     
 

Real Gone Jazz is doing its thing here with Wes Montgomery, presenting eight albums in a four-disc box for a budget price. That said, it is important to challenge the box's claim that states: "Digitally Remastered and Enhanced for Superior Quality." Maybe they are digitally remastered, but the question is, from what source? These transfers sound as though they are… See more details below

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Real Gone Jazz is doing its thing here with Wes Montgomery, presenting eight albums in a four-disc box for a budget price. That said, it is important to challenge the box's claim that states: "Digitally Remastered and Enhanced for Superior Quality." Maybe they are digitally remastered, but the question is, from what source? These transfers sound as though they are taken directly from vinyl -- the sound of a needle in the groove, or hitting a record's edge, is not an uncommon occurrence. The reason this is strange is that the masters for all of this music are readily available for license. Draw your own conclusions. The music here contains more than Montgomery's dates as a leader. The first disc in this box, dating from 1957 and here titled Fingerpickin', is actually a reissue, since the original album was released as The Montgomery Brothers Plus Five Others on World Pacific. The second album on disc one is by the Wes Montgomery Trio (his sidemen were organist Mel Rhyne and drummer Paul Parker); it features his first stellar rendition of "'Round Midnight." Disc two contains a pair of albums from 1960, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Albert Heath. The latter half is actually saxophonist Harold Land's West Coast Blues album, which places Montgomery in a sextet that included trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Disc three features the 1960 album Movin' Along, a quintet date that retains Jones and Hayes with Victor Feldman on piano and James Clay on tenor and flute. The latter half of the disc is a Montgomery Brothers session from 1961 that was released alternately as Groove Brothers and Groove Yard. The final platter contains two 1961 recordings: the first is So Much Guitar; its lineup includes pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Lex Humphries, and conguero Ray Barretto. The final date is the famed George Shearing with the Montgomery Brothers, with Walter Perkins on drums. All of the music contained here is solid; a couple of these dates are actually quite exceptional. It's true that most -- if not all -- of these recordings are available separately with better sound; but if you're not terribly picky about it, given the price tag, this box is a decent way to fill in holes in a Montgomery collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
Label:
Real Gone Jazz
UPC:
5036408126429
catalogNumber:
0812642
Rank:
43681

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sound Carrier
  2. Bud's Beaux Arts
  3. Bock to Bock (Back to Back)
  4. Billies Bounce
  5. Lois Ann
  6. All the Things You Are
  7. Fingerpickin'
  8. Round Midnight
  9. Yesterday's
  10. The End of a Love Affair
  11. Whisper Not
  12. Ecaroh
  13. Satin Doll
  14. Missile Blues
  15. Too Late Now
  16. Jingles

Disc 2

  1. Airegin
  2. D-Natural Blues
  3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  4. Four on Six
  5. West Coast Blues
  6. In Your Own Sweet Way
  7. Mister Walker
  8. Gone with the Wind
  9. Ursala
  10. Klactoveedsedstene
  11. Don't Explain
  12. Terrain
  13. Compulsion

Disc 3

  1. Movin' Along
  2. Tune Up
  3. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
  4. Sandu
  5. Body & Soul
  6. So Do It!
  7. Says You
  8. Bock to Bock (Back to Back)
  9. Groove Yard
  10. If I Should Lose You
  11. Delirium
  12. Just for Now
  13. Doujie
  14. Heart Strings
  15. Remember

Disc 4

  1. Twisted Blues
  2. Cotton Tail
  3. I Wish I Knew
  4. I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
  5. Repitition
  6. Somethin' Like Bags
  7. While We're Young
  8. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  9. Love Walked In
  10. Love for Sale
  11. No Hard Feelings
  12. Enchanted
  13. Stranger in Paradise
  14. The Lamp Is Low
  15. Double Deal
  16. And Then I Wrote
  17. Darn That Dream
  18. Lois Ann
  19. Mambo in Chimes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ray Barretto   Conga
Ron Carter   Bass
James Clay   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Barry Harris   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Sam Jones   Bass,Double Bass
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Montgomery   Piano,Vibes
Walter Perkins   Drums
Melvin Rhyne   Organ
George Shearing   Piano
Monk Montgomery   Bass,Double Bass
Armando Peraza   Bongos,Conga
Percy Heath   Bass
Ricardo Chimelis   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Lex Humphries   Drums
Bobby Thomas   Drums
Albert Heath   Drums
Joe Bradley   Piano
Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson   Saxophone
Waymon Atkinson   Saxophone
Paul Parker   Drums

Technical Credits

Ray Fowler   Engineer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer

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