Friday, January 1, 2016

Wes Montgomery & Billy Taylor - Navy Swing

This release includes a rare session led by West Montgomery in 1963. The date was recorded in New York on November 1963 and features the solid drumming of Montgomery's long-time contemporary Grady Tate as well as the tasteful playing of pianist Billy Taylor. The group is rounded out by bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Grady Tate with a special guest appearance by jazz vocal giant Joe Williams. An excellent studio date.

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Wes Montgomery
Navy Swing


1 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:08
2 More I See You (Gordon, Warren)  2:09
3 It's a Grand Night for Swinging (Taylor)  2:25
4 A Bientot (Taylor)  2:50
5 Capricious (Taylor)  2:02
6 Body and Soul (Eyton, Heyman, Sour, Green)  2:20
7 Paraphase (Taylor)  1:57
8 Freedom (Taylor)  3:08
9 Let's Make the Most of a Beautiful Thing (Corda, Wilson)  2:48
10 More Than Likely (Cordes)  1:43
11 Have a Good Time (Bryant, Bryant)  2:21
12 Until I Met You (Wolf, Green)  2:37
13 I Won't Cry Anymore (Wise, Frisch)  3:29
14 S' Posin' (Razaf, Denniker)  2:11
15 All My Life (Mitchell, Stept)  3:14
16 Alone Together (Diets, Schwartz)  1:39


Wes Montgomery - g
Joe Williams - voc [# 9-16]
Billy Taylor - p
Ben Tucker - b
Grady Tate - dr

Recorded in New York City, radio broadcast, "The Navy Swings", spring 1964 or [November 1963, New York City ?]

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Kndnsk said...

Thank you very much, melanchthon. I only knew a few tracks from this rare sesion.

OldHippieRick said...

Wow beyond [0oL thanx ~ rick

rm said...

wow indeed. Merci beaucoup

Frank said...

Can't go wrong with prime Wes Montgomery! Thanks for this rarity!

Luis said...

Thank you for this rare session. I only knew one recorded by Shelly Manne for Navy Swings.

Kovina Kris said...

This would be compelling enough with just the first 8 tracks but throw in one of my favorite jazz vocalists for another 8 tracks with this great band. Fantastic! Merci beaucoup Mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Merci bien Mel for this upgrade !

Rick said...

Wes Montgomery
Navy Swing
thanks for this rare one by one of the greats

johnp said...

Many thanks !

Philo said...

Wes Montgomery - Navy Swing (1963)

This is a nice treat!

A great post.

Interesting to see that they recorded the session in mono. I presume that was because it was intended for radio.

The FCC approved a stereo standard for FM broadcasting in the US in 1961, but it took at least 5 years before most US stations had converted to stereo.

duck said...

Hi Mel, you keep posting the greatest music, many thanks again as always and please keep it up.

Alexandre said...

Where is Password ? Thanks !!!

Adrian said...

Sorry but the archives have problems...

Adrian said...

I mean The Complete Riverside Recordings, not this one.

Guelda said...

Wes - Navy Swing

Waow, a live of Wes Montgomery, what a treat ! Excellent playing here and... well, Wes !

Nice vocals by Joe Williams.

Thank you very much Mel for this one

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all the records Melanchthon!

John Pickworth said...

Wonderful !!

Bill said...

Fantastic! You seem to have a bottomless(I hope!) pit of EXCELLENT music. THANK YOU.

rog said...

Mel ! Thank you for another Wonderful Wes recording...

OldHippieRick said...

This a kind of a re-lease of Wes Montgomery & The Billy Taylor Trio 1963-65 Lonehill Jazz [LHJ10211] CD 2005 but just missing 4 songs that the Lonehill has.. but a great selection if you do have the above CD remaster ;-)

Jorge del Parque said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful album.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you

bho wani said...

Thank you too

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

jazzy62 said...

This was initially released only in Japan in 1997 as Billy & Wes, mega-rar and hugely expensive.


the second link is expired.
Can u please reupload the second part..
Thank you

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!