Movin': The Complete Verve Recordings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All eight of the albums Wes Montgomery issued on Verve in the mid-'60s (including the two he did with organist Jimmy Smith) are on this limited-edition, five-CD box set. With the addition of 20 bonus tracks (none previously unreleased, some of them alternate takes or overdubbed versions) and a 76-page booklet that includes readable reproductions of the original LP sleeves, it's the definitive compilation of his work for the label. By its very size, of course, its appeal might be limited to completists and serious collectors. But its no-stone-unturned thoroughness can't be faulted, and it sensitively separates the purest straight-ahead jazz material (all of the cuts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All eight of the albums Wes Montgomery issued on Verve in the mid-'60s (including the two he did with organist Jimmy Smith) are on this limited-edition, five-CD box set. With the addition of 20 bonus tracks (none previously unreleased, some of them alternate takes or overdubbed versions) and a 76-page booklet that includes readable reproductions of the original LP sleeves, it's the definitive compilation of his work for the label. By its very size, of course, its appeal might be limited to completists and serious collectors. But its no-stone-unturned thoroughness can't be faulted, and it sensitively separates the purest straight-ahead jazz material (all of the cuts recorded in 1965 for Smokin' at the Half Note) onto one CD, as well as placing the Montgomery-Smith albums so that they're heard in succession on the last half of disc four and the first half of disc five. Montgomery's Verve period is the source of some contention among critics and fans. Numerous jazz authorities are of the opinion that Wes by far did his finest work when he operated with standard, straight-ahead small jazz groups early in his recording career, and declined substantially when he moved to Verve, primarily owing to increasingly commercial material and orchestrated arrangements. Most listeners with some open-mindedness, however, will find at least some material here to value -- not just the all-out straight jazz sessions on Smokin' at the Half Note, but also on the cuts with more pop-oriented backing. First, it should be pointed out that the pop and rock covers for which Montgomery's Verve releases are most often derided -- particularly "Goin' Out of My Head" and "California Dreaming" -- are a fairly small minority of the songs he recorded for the label. Of more importance, the combination of Montgomery's always excellent guitar playing with orchestrated arrangements (variously by Johnny Pate, Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson, and Claus Ogerman) actually works well much of the time. At its best, the blend achieves a cinematic sense of drama, as well as a form of jazz that many more pop-oriented listeners will find more accessible than much of conventional jazz. That also means, of course, that a good number of jazz specialists will find that material unpalatable, and there are some tracks where the embellishments verge upon becoming too sweet and middle of the road. But there are at least as many such cuts that even jazzheads should enjoy, both for Montgomery's playing and the effective, and at times adventurous addition of big-band elements. Quite a few tracks, in fact, are downright excellent. Standouts include the Montgomery-Smith recording "13 (Death March)"; the superb soul-jazz of another Montgomery-Smith highlight, "O.G.D. (aka Road Song)"; the simmering groove of "Bumpin' on Sunset"; or the unfettered, bluesy strut "Just Walkin'." Ultimately, Montgomery's Verve output must be considered more a success than a failure, and more worthy than embarrassing. And while his shifting approaches ensures that almost everyone will find this box an inconsistent listen, it's ultimately quite a worthy collection of a notable period in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527704692
  • Catalog Number: 001561302
  • Sales rank: 122,104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan (2:38)
  2. 2 People (4:23)
  3. 3 Movin' Wes, Pt. 1 (3:31)
  4. 4 Moca Flor (3:12)
  5. 5 Matchmaker (2:52)
  6. 6 Movin' Wes, Pt. 2 (2:54)
  7. 7 Senza Fine (3:27)
  8. 8 Theodora (3:58)
  9. 9 In and Out (2:53)
  10. 10 Born To Be Blue (3:40)
  11. 11 West Coast Blues (3:17)
  12. 12 Bumpin' (6:50)
  13. 13 Tear It Down (3:15)
  14. 14 A Quiet Thing (3:30)
  15. 15 Con Alma (3:24)
  16. 16 Love Theme from The Sandpiper: The Shadow of Your Smile (2:19)
  17. 17 Mi Cosa (3:22)
  18. 18 Here's That Rainy Day (4:59)
  19. 19 Musty (4:21)
  20. 20 Just Walkin' (3:00)
  21. 21 My One and Only Love (4:09)
  22. 22 Just Walkin' (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Blues - Wynton Kelly Trio (12:56)
  2. 2 If You Could See Me Now - Wynton Kelly Trio (8:26)
  3. 3 Unit 7 - Wynton Kelly Trio (6:46)
  4. 4 Four On Six - Wynton Kelly Trio (6:45)
  5. 5 What's New - Wynton Kelly Trio (6:14)
  6. 6 Willow Weep For Me (9:07)
  7. 7 Portrait of Jennie (3:27)
  8. 8 Surrey With the Fringe On Top (6:15)
  9. 9 Oh, You Crazy Moon (5:30)
  10. 10 Misty (6:57)
  11. 11 Impressions (5:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Goin' Out of My Head (2:14)
  2. 2 O Morro (4:46)
  3. 3 Boss City (3:45)
  4. 4 Chim Chim Cheree (4:51)
  5. 5 Naptown Blues (3:07)
  6. 6 Twisted Blues (4:15)
  7. 7 End of a Love Affair (3:43)
  8. 8 It Was a Very Good Year (3:43)
  9. 9 Golden Earrings (5:18)
  10. 10 Tequila (3:22)
  11. 11 Little Child (Daddy Dear) (2:29)
  12. 12 What the World Needs Now is Love (5:00)
  13. 13 The Big Hurt (4:34)
  14. 14 Bumpin' On Sunset (4:51)
  15. 15 How Insensitive (Insensatez) (3:47)
  16. 16 The Thumb (4:50)
  17. 17 Midnight Mood (5:34)
  18. 18 Wives and Lovers (3:00)
  19. 19 Tequila (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 California Dreaming (3:08)
  2. 2 Sun Down (6:03)
  3. 3 Oh You Crazy Moon (3:43)
  4. 4 More, More, Amor (2:53)
  5. 5 Without You (3:05)
  6. 6 Winds of Barcelona (3:07)
  7. 7 Sunny (4:03)
  8. 8 Green Peppers (2:56)
  9. 9 Mr. Walker (3:40)
  10. 10 South of the Border (3:14)
  11. 11 Sunny (3:09)
  12. 12 Down By the Riverside - Jimmy Smith (10:01)
  13. 13 Night Train - Jimmy Smith (6:47)
  14. 14 James and Wes - Jimmy Smith (8:14)
  15. 15 13 (Death March) - Jimmy Smith (5:22)
  16. 16 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Jimmy Smith (5:56)
Disc 5
  1. 1 King of the Road - Jimmy Smith (4:03)
  2. 2 Maybe September - Jimmy Smith (6:21)
  3. 3 O.G.D. (aka Road Song) - Jimmy Smith (6:07)
  4. 4 Call Me - Jimmy Smith (3:11)
  5. 5 Milestones - Jimmy Smith (4:10)
  6. 6 Mellow Mood - Jimmy Smith (8:42)
  7. 7 'Round Midnight (7:19)
  8. 8 O.G.D. (aka Road Song) (5:15)
  9. 9 The Big Hurt (3:28)
  10. 10 Bumpin' On Sunset (3:20)
  11. 11 Willow Weep For Me (7:42)
  12. 12 Portrait of Jennie (2:47)
  13. 13 Oh, You Crazy Moon (5:28)
  14. 14 Misty (6:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wes Montgomery Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conga
Ron Carter Bass
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Richard Davis Bass
Urbie Green Trombone
Herbie Hancock Piano
Roger Kellaway Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Melba Liston Trombone
Oliver Nelson Conductor
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Alto Flute, Tenor Flute, Woodwind
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Percussion, Drums
Bill Watrous Trombone
Mel Davis Trumpet
Johnny Messner Trombone
Stan Webb Clarinet, English Horn, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Wayne Andre Trombone
Bob Ashton Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Danny Bank Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Willie Bobo Percussion
James Buffington French Horn
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Don Butterfield Tuba
Candido Camero Bongos, Conga
Al Casamenti Guitar
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Harold Coletta Viola
George Devens Vibes
Don Sebesky Conductor
Bernard Eichen Violin
Arnold Eidus Violin
Lewis Eley Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Emanuel Green Violin
Sol Gubin Drums
Louis Haber Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Julius Held Violin
Jack Jennings scratching, Castanets, Vibes
Walter Kane Clarinet, Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Malignaggi Violin
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Charles McCracken Cello
Hélcio Milito Drums
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Phillips Tuba
George Ricci Cello
Margaret Ross Harp
David Schwartz Viola
Bobby Scott Piano
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Jimmy Smith Organ
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Phil Woods Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Snooky Young Trumpet
Johnny Pate Conductor
Richard Hixon Trombone
Sol Shapiro Violin
Abe Kessler Cello
Jerry Dodgion Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Danny Moore Trombone
Dan Bank Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Ray Beckenstein Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
James Nottingham Trumpet
Joe Malin Violin
Technical Credits
Percy Faith Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Sam Jones Composer
Wes Montgomery Composer
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Bob Haggart Composer
Gene Lees Liner Notes
Irving Mills Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Kander Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
John Coltrane Composer
Hal David Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger, Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Durval Ferreira Composer
Gary McFarland Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Tony Hatch Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Orrin Keepnews Liner Notes
Sol Lake Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Chuck Rio Composer
Wayne Shanklin Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Billy Taylor Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Juan Tizol Composer
Val Valentin Director Of Engineering
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Victor Young Composer
Gino Paoli Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Johnny Pate Arranger
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Bob Merrill Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Charles Stewart Cover Photo
Acy Lehman Cover Design
Burt Korall Liner Notes
Fred Ebb Composer
Ken Whitmore Cover Photo
Ann Ronell Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Edward Redding Composer
Russell Robinson Composer
Gordon Burdge Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Holmes Daylie Liner Notes
Luiz Fernando Composer
Oscar Washington Composer
Bart Forbes Cover Illustration
Chuck Taylor Liner Notes
Michele Horie Producer, Art Direction
Michael Malatak Cover Design
Andrew Skurow Tape Vault Research
Ryan Nill Photo Coordination
Dick Smith Art Direction
Lewis C. Simpkins Composer
Marc Myers Liner Notes
John Philips Composer
Jon Henry Cover Photo
Michael Zwerin Liner Notes
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Bobby Weinstein Composer
Johnny Magnus Liner Notes
Walter Myers Composer
Rudy Laquame Cover Photo
Rinaldo Marino Composer
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