The Best of Wes Montgomery [Riverside]

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While often admired, guitarists seldom stepped to the forefront during most of the '50s. The real innovators, after all, were the saxophonists and trumpeters, and a guitarist, like a vibraphonist, was optional. With his use of octaves and forceful soloing in the late '50s, Wes Montgomery asserted that the guitarist was fully capable of fronting his own group and, like the tenors, offer cutting edge music. The Best of Wes Montgomery draws from the guitarist's work between 1959 and 1964 for Riverside, a body of work that remains fresh and exhilarating. It isn't so much the material he chooses that captures one's attention, though certainly an original like "Four on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While often admired, guitarists seldom stepped to the forefront during most of the '50s. The real innovators, after all, were the saxophonists and trumpeters, and a guitarist, like a vibraphonist, was optional. With his use of octaves and forceful soloing in the late '50s, Wes Montgomery asserted that the guitarist was fully capable of fronting his own group and, like the tenors, offer cutting edge music. The Best of Wes Montgomery draws from the guitarist's work between 1959 and 1964 for Riverside, a body of work that remains fresh and exhilarating. It isn't so much the material he chooses that captures one's attention, though certainly an original like "Four on Six" draws the listener in. Instead, it's Montgomery's unique use of octaves, ability to solo with chords, and his distinctive method of playing single-note solos. On Victor Young's "Delilah," for instance, he offers several bars of his trademark octave work at the beginning, but he refuses to stick with one approach. After a lengthy solo by vibraphonist Milt Jackson, he re-enters the fray with a chunky series of chords and finally, after another solo from pianist Wynton Kelly, Montgomery cuts loose on a bright, inspired single-note solo that'll make the listener sit up straight. As The Best of Wes Montgomery shows, it's a task he was able to pull off again and again, making this a fine introduction for new fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 025218350525
  • Catalog Number: 5705
  • Sales rank: 117,318

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lolita (5:14)
  2. 2 Yesterdays (3:19)
  3. 3 Delilah (6:12)
  4. 4 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (4:42)
  5. 5 Double Deal (3:49)
  6. 6 Body and Soul (7:21)
  7. 7 Delirium (3:41)
  8. 8 Besame Mucho (6:30)
  9. 9 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (7:43)
  10. 10 Tune Up (3:12)
  11. 11 Four on Six (6:15)
  12. 12 Groove Yard (3:03)
  13. 13 Full House (9:11)
  14. 14 Stairway to the Stars (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wes Montgomery Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Phil Bodner Woodwind
James Clay Flute
Victor Feldman Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Louis Hayes Drums, Bass Drums
Dick Hyman Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
Hank Jones Piano
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Wynton Kelly Piano
Buddy Montgomery Piano, Vibes
Walter Perkins Drums
Melvin Rhyne Organ
George Shearing Piano
Monk Montgomery Bass
David Nadien Violin
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Kenny Burrell Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mac Ceppos Violin
Winston Collymore Violin
Burt Fisch Viola
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Lex Humphries Drums
Isadore Zir Violin
Osie Johnson Drums
Kermit Moore Cello
Gene Orloff Violin, Concert Master
Samuel Rand Violin
Margaret Rose Harp
Lucien Schmit Cello
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Ralph Hersh Viola
Paul Winter Consort Violin
Bobby Thomas Jr. Drums
George Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Barry Harris Composer
Harold Land Composer
Wes Montgomery Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Ray Fowler Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Wally Heider Engineer
Edward Heyman Composer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Victor Young Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Ken Dryden Liner Notes
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