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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
A casual peruser of conventional jazz wisdom might guess that a Wes Montgomery Plays for Lovers album would surely draw from Universal's A&M and/or Verve holdings. But no, this compilation is part of Concord's look-alike series of that name. Thus, these are Riverside sides from the first few years of Montgomery's recording career, and besides providing a soundtrack for a romantic evening, they prove that Wes Montgomery's taste for a tender ballad -- with the tunes often stated in his patented octaves -- was always there practically from the beginning. Concord didn't have to strain as it gathered material to support this concept, drawing from nine of Montgomery's ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
A casual peruser of conventional jazz wisdom might guess that a Wes Montgomery Plays for Lovers album would surely draw from Universal's A&M and/or Verve holdings. But no, this compilation is part of Concord's look-alike series of that name. Thus, these are Riverside sides from the first few years of Montgomery's recording career, and besides providing a soundtrack for a romantic evening, they prove that Wes Montgomery's taste for a tender ballad -- with the tunes often stated in his patented octaves -- was always there practically from the beginning. Concord didn't have to strain as it gathered material to support this concept, drawing from nine of Montgomery's Riverside albums and finding ballads in all. "Prelude to a Kiss" and "All the Way" come from that premonition of future commercial enterprises, Fusion!, where the romantic mood is a given and Jimmy Jones' charts make a small orchestra sound lusher than its numbers would indicate. Some of the great guitarist's collaborations with other notables also populate this collection. "Stairway to the Stars" features the voluble Milt Jackson on vibes, with Montgomery playing gentle octaves in the center. "If I Should Lose You" has Montgomery Brothers Monk bass and Buddy piano backing Wes, who is always mellow and songful, and he and his brothers fit right into the George Shearing sound in the sole midtempo track on the CD, "Darn That Dream." Full House, the sole and celebrated live album of Montgomery's Riverside period, is represented by "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," where he does little more than tenderly state the tune. The album closes with Montgomery's only recorded a cappella solo track, "While We're Young," whose ultra-mellow mood underplays even the most understated ballads in the rest of the package. By no means should this be your only Wes Montgomery Riverside album, nor is it the best-paced Montgomery anthology out there. But those who cotton to his quiet ballad side ought to find a lot of concentrated pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072306271
  • Catalog Number: 30627
  • Sales rank: 222,411

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wes Montgomery Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ray Barretto Conga
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Ron Carter Bass
Victor Feldman Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Louis Hayes Drums
Dick Hyman Piano, Celeste
Milt Jackson Vibes
Hank Jones Piano, Celeste
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Wynton Kelly Piano
Buddy Montgomery Piano, Vibes
Walter Perkins Drums
Melvin Rhyne Organ
George Shearing Piano
Monk Montgomery Bass
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Percy Heath Bass
George "Funky" Brown Drums
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Paul Chambers Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Lex Humphries Drums
Osie Johnson Drums
Jimmy Jones Conductor
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Bobby Thomas Jr. Drums
Melvin Rhyne Quartet Organ
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Jimmy Jones Conductor
Les Humphries Drums
George Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Audio Production
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
William Engvick Composer
Morty Palitz Composer
Jimmy Jones String Arrangements
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