Guitar – Wes Montgomery. Liner Notes – Chris Albertson. Mastered By – Robert Ludwig. The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Promo). 2610 032. Wes Montgomery. The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Gat).
A1 to B4 recorded live at The Half Note in New York City, June 24-25 & September 17, 1965. Thanks to snobb for the addition. the small group recordings LP VERVE. WES MONTGOMERY: The Small Group Recordings LP (2 LPs, minor corner/ cvr wear).
Small Group Recordings. This double LP contains the very best recordings that guitarist Wes Montgomery recorded for Verve. Actually most of these performances originally came out with woodwinds and brass arranged by Claus Ogerman added so as to make the music more commercial but fortunately the overdubs were tossed out for this reissue. For nearly the last time in his career, Montgomery got a chance to stretch out with a very complementary trio (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb) and he really digs into the nine standards (which include his "Four on Six").
Bags Meets Wes! with Milt Jackson (Riverside, 1962). Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo with Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1966). Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes with Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1969). Kismet, The Mastersounds (World Pacific, 1958). A Good Git-Together, Jon Hendricks (World Pacific, 1959). Work Song, Nat Adderley (Riverside, 1960). West Coast Blues!, Harold Land (Jazzland, 1960). Cannonball Adderley and the Poll Winners, Cannonball Adderley (Riverside, 1960).
Monk Montgomery, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery - Montgomeryland (Pacific Jazz PJ-5). Wes, Buddy And Monk Montgomery (Pacific Jazz PJ-17). The 44 Instruments Of Roy Harte And Milt Holland - Perfect Percussion (World Pacific WP-1405). The Mastersounds - Kismet (World Pacific PJ-1243). Wes Montgomery - The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside 12RCD-4408-2). Wes Montgomery - Movin' Along (Riverside RLP 342). Wes Montgomery - Encores (Milestone M-9110).
The album proved difficult for Montgomery to make as when he was recording with the full orchestra he was unable to get the results he wanted. Sebesky came up with the idea of Montgomery recording with a small group to which orchestral overlays were added. Over the next three years Wes was rarely off the charts with albums including Tequila (1966), arranged by Claus Ogerman, California Dreaming (1967) and Jimmy & Wes The Dynamic Duo, an album recorded with Jimmy Smith
Both 2018’s Wes Montgomery in Paris, a set of 1965 concert recordings from France’s Office of French Radio and Television archives, and 2017’s Smokin’ in Seattle, drawn from 1966 radio dates by the guitarist with pianist Wynton Kelly’s combo, were named among the top archival releases of the year by DownBeat, JazzTimes, and NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll. That is an amazing line-up - it will be great to hear Wes play Tune-up in a small group setting. So far the only recording I've heard of that was recorded late in his career and with strings - wonderful in its own way but I expect this cut would have given him room to spread out and solo through his classic form (single lines, octaves, chords).
Wes Montgomery - Besame Mucho 06:30. Wes Montgomery - Lolita 05:12. The Complete Recordings 1958-1960 - Wes Montgomery. Chicken-Shack Boogie - Wes Montgomery. Down Here On The Ground - Wes Montgomery. Complete Recordings With Lionel Hampton - Lionel Hampton, Wes Montgomery. As Time Goes By - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Joel, Chris De Burgh, George Shearing, Henry Mancini, Scott Joplin.
Guitar Jazz for Cocktails: Smooth Sounds from Legendary Players. The Jazz Effect - Wes Montgomery.