Encores, Vol. 1: Body and Soul

Encores, Vol. 1: Body and Soul

by Wes Montgomery
     
 
In the wake of its massive The Complete Riverside Recordings box, Fantasy rounded up 13 of the 16 newly released Wes Montgomery outtakes from that set, added a few stray alternates from earlier LP issues, and produced a pair of intelligently programmed CDs that prove just how staggeringly gifted an improviser

Overview

In the wake of its massive The Complete Riverside Recordings box, Fantasy rounded up 13 of the 16 newly released Wes Montgomery outtakes from that set, added a few stray alternates from earlier LP issues, and produced a pair of intelligently programmed CDs that prove just how staggeringly gifted an improviser Montgomery was. Arranged in chronological order, Volume One opens with three alternate takes from the somewhat overlooked "Movin' Along" album, continues with two versions of "Doujie" -- one with Buddy Montgomery on vibes instead of piano -- from Groove Yard, and concludes with four from Bags Meets Wes. Everything is worth hearing, for Wes hardly ever misses, and the few times where he does -- as in the second chorus of "Blue Roz" -- are canceled out by marvelous newly revealed passages. Indeed, the solo on "Movin' Along" is more beautiful than that on the take Wes approved, and the different, extended, octave-rich tag on "So Do It" is wonderful (too bad producer Orrin Keepnews audibly cuts in and stops the music). The Bags Meets Wes outtakes have the advantage of the crack Philly Joe Jones/Sam Jones/Wynton Kelly rhythm section, as well as an inspired Milt Jackson on vibes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218925228
catalogNumber:
9252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
James Clay   Flute,Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Rick Laird   Bass
Buddy Montgomery   Piano,Vibes
Monk Montgomery   Bass
Stan Tracey   Piano
Bobby Thomas   Drums
Ronnie Stephenson   Drums

Technical Credits

Milt Jackson   Composer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Leslie Tomkins   Liner Notes
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Derek Everett   Liner Notes
Jim Ferguson   Liner Notes

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