Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wes Montgomery - A Day in the Life

Wes Montgomery was one of the few jazz musicians in the mid-1960s to achieve crossover success in the popular marketplace. Like other jazz artists at the time, the guitarist chose to pack his albums with interpretations of current pop hits. Unlike most of his contemporaries, however, Montgomery embraced a savvy producer, Creed Taylor, who molded the overall sound of his recordings for maximum impact in the pop marketplace. Their partnership did indeed yield several commercially successful albums during this time period, the most popular of which was the 1967 release A Day In The Life. The primary purpose of this article is to examine this album and parse the reasons for its commercial success. Through detailed musical analysis of A Day In The Life, we can see the creation of the new genre of “jazz-pop,” one that was viable in the popular marketplace at a time when traditional jazz was marginalized. Furthermore, Wes Montgomery’s A Day In The Life represents a seminal example of modern crossover jazz, making detailed understanding of this work crucial to a jazz historiography that has, in recent years, been expanded to include more commercialized forms...
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Wes Montgomery
A Day in the Life


1 A Day in the Life (Lennon, McCartney)  5:45
2 Watch What Happens (Demy, Gimbel, Legrand)  2:43
3 When a Man Loves a Woman (Lewis, Wright)  2:52
4 California Nights (Hamlisch, Liebling)  2:29
5 Angel (Montgomery)  2:46
6 Eleanor Rigby (Lennon, McCartney)  3:04
7 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  4:31
8 Windy (Friedman)  2:20
9 Trust in Me (Ager, Schwartz, Wever)  4:25
10 The Joker (Bricusse, Newley)  3:26

Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky


Wes Montgomery - g
Herbie Hancock - p
Ron Carter - b
Grady Tate - dr
Ray Barretto, Jack Jennings & Joe Wohletz - prc
George Marge, Romeo Penque, Joe Soldo & Stan Webb - bs fl
Phil Bodner & Stan Webb - wdwds
Ray Alonge - fr hrn
Julius Brand, Peter Buonconsiglio, Mac Ceppos, Lewis Eley, Harry Glickman, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Gene Orloff, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont & Jack Zayde - vl
Harold Coletta & Emanuel Vardi - vla
Charles McCracken & Alan Shulman - cl
Margaret Ross - hrp

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; June 6-8 & 26, 1967

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Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

DEEP said...


adakun said...

Highly addictive !! Many thanks.

aikio said...

thank you as always

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Great post Mel!

Frasco said...

Many thanks Melanchthon!