Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wes Montgomery - Road Song

Wes Montgomery's final record (before his death from a heart attack at age 45) is, as with his two previous A&M releases, pure pop. The great guitarist sticks to simple melody statements (with a lot of octaves thrown in) while backed by Don Sebesky's unimaginative arrangements for an orchestra; commercially the combination was a big success. Unless one really has the desire to hear such songs as "Greensleeves," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Yesterday" and "Scarborough Fair" played perfectly straight, this strictly for-the-money effort can be safely passed by.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/road-song-mw0000653406

Wes Montgomery
Road Song

Tracks

1 Road Song (Montgomery)  3:53
2 Greensleeves (Trad.)  2:04
3 Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)  2:53
4 Yesterday (Lennon, McCartney)  3:26
5 I'll Be Back (Lennon, McCartney)  2:33
6 Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Garfunkel, Simon, Trad.)  4:55
7 Green Leaves of Summer (Montgomery, Tiomkin, Webster)  3:58
8 Serene (Montgomery)  3:10
9 Where Have All the Flowers Gone ? (Seeger)  3:06

Arranged by Don Sebesky

Personnel
Wes Montgomery - g
Herbie Hancock or Hank Jones - p
Hank Jones, Sivert Johnson Jr. - or Eric Leber - hrpschrd
Richard Davis - b
Ed Shaughnessy or Grady Tate - dr
Ray Barretto, Jack Jennings - prc
Bernie Glow & Marvin Stamm - tp
Wayne Andre, Paul Faulise - tb
Walter Kane & Morris Newman - bsn
Don Ashworth, Harvey Estrin, Don Hammond, George Marge & Stan Webb - fl
Don Ashworth, George Marge & Stan Webb - ob
Don Ashworth - engl hrn
Don Ashworth, George Marge & Stan Webb - cl
James Buffington - fr hrn
Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman & George Ricci - cl
Bernard Eichen, Charles Libove, Marvin Morganstern & Tosha Samaroff - vl
Emanuel Vardi - vla

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; May 7 [# 2, 4-6] ; May 8 [# 1, 2, 7 & 9] ; & May 9 [# 8], 1968

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

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