Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wes Montgomery - A Day in the Life

By the time Wes Montgomery recorded this album (his debut for A&M), he was a major name in the pop world. Montgomery's melodic renditions of current pop hits caught on and were played regularly on Top 40 radio. In most cases the guitarist did little more than play the melody, using his distinctive octaves, and it was enough to make him saleable. Of his three A&M recordings, A Day in the Life (the first one) was by far the best and, although the jazz content is almost nil, the results are pleasing as background music. "Windy" was a bit of a hit; the other selections (which find Montgomery backed by muzaky strings arranged by Don Sebesky) include "Watch What Happens," "California Nights," "Eleanor Rigby" and the title cut.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-day-in-the-life-mw0000199509

Wes Montgomery
A Day in the Life

Tracks

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

Personnel
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

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/wes-montgomery/discography/

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