Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wes Montgomery - Fingerpicking

Guitarist Wes Montgomery first recorded in the late '40s during his brief period with Lionel Hampton before returning to Indianapolis. He next emerged on record on December 30, 1957, for a Pacific Jazz set with local musicians including his two brothers, vibraphonist Buddy and electric bassist Monk. This CD reissues the complete album (which usually has appeared in piecemeal fashion) and finds Wes already quite recognizable. The pretty standard hard bop music (which usually features Buddy's vibes as the lead voice) is also of interest due to the presence of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard who at age 17 was making his recording debut; he sounds a bit nervous. In addition to this set, the CD has three songs from the one session that Wes made with his brothers' popular group, the Mastersounds. He actually appeared on the full album (a set of music taken from the film Kismet) but these are the only titles that include guitar solos. Although this reissue on a whole is not essential, the music is generally enjoyable and the CD will fill some gaps in one's Wes Montgomery collection
Scott Yanow

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Wes Montgomery


1 Sound Carrier (Montgomery) 6:55
2 Bud's Beaux Arts (Montgomery) 7:31
3 Bock to Bock (Montgomery) 10:07
4 Billie's Bounce (Parker) 4:40
5 Lois Ann (Montgomery) 4:44
6 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern) 3:57
7 Finger Pickin' (Montgomery) 2:30
8 Stranger in Paradise (Borodin, Forrest, Wright) 4:54
9 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Forrest, Wright) 3:27
10 Not Since Nineveh (Forrest, Wright) 7:24

[#1-7] The Montgomery Brothers and 5 Others
Freddie Hubbard - tp [# 1-4]
Wayman Atkinson, Alonzo Johnson - ts [# 1-4]
Wes Montgomery - g
Buddy Montgomery - vb [except # 7]
Joe Bradley - p [except # 6]
Monk Montgomery - el. b
Paul Parker - dr
Wes Montgomery - g
Buddy Montgomery - vb
Richie Crabtree - p
Monk Montgomery - el. b
Benny Bartk - dr

Recorded on December 30, 1957 in Indianapolis [# 1-7 in mono] and on April 22, 1958 at the Forum Theatre, Los Angeles [# 8-19 in stereo]


woody said...

Thanks for this great Montgomery album!

Best Wishes,

LaroSwing said...


Melanchthon said...

rog said...

Thanks for the upgrade and education... :-)

reindeer man said...

Thanks for the Wes. And Freddie Hubbard's 1st recording! Very nice.

beega said...

..Thanks for your efforts, great work!..This Wes M. LP looks most interesting, any chance of getting the password for this one?..thanks, Best from Florida! Beega

duck said...

yet another upgrade. thanks Mel