Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wes Montgomery on Riverside (1959-1963)

Wes Montgomery recorded exclusively for the Riverside label during the four years covered by this massive 12-CD box set and, although his later albums for Verve and particularly the pop/jazz A&M dates sold many more copies, it is from his Riverside dates that his legacy was primarily formed. Virtually unknown at the time of his debut on Riverside, Montgomery soon became a major influence whose style is still copied decades later. The guitarist is heard in quite a few different settings here: in trios with organist Melvin Rhynbe and a quartet with pianist Tommy Flanagan ; as a sideman on different sessions with Nat Adderley, Harold Land, and Cannonball Adderley ; performing with his brothers, Buddy and Monk; holding his own with pianist George Shearing, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and tenor great Johnny Griffin ; and (for an album ironically titled Fusion) playing with strings for the first time. All in all, there is a tremendous amount of rewarding performances included in this essential set, most of which show why Wes Montgomery is still considered one of the all-time great jazz guitarists.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Wes Montgomery
The Complete Riverside Recordings

Cd. 1

Wes Montgomery Trio

1 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  4:50
2 Satin Doll [Alternate Take - Take 5] (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  4:03
3 Satin Doll [Take 7 - Originally Issued] (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  3:53
4 Missile Blues [Take 5] (Montgomery)  4:33
5 Missile Blues [Take 6-Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  5:57
6 Jingles (Montgomery)  5:30
7 Whisper Not (Golson)  4:35
8 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  3:13
9 Too Late Now (Lane, Lerner)  4:50
10 Ecaroh (Silver)  2:55
11 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  3:15

Wes Montgomery Quartet

 12 Airegin (Rollins)  4:26
13 West Coast Blues (Montgomery)  7:20
14 Four on Six (Montgomery)  6:15


Cd. 2

Wes Montgomery Quartet

1 D-Natural Blues (Montgomery)  5:20
2 In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)  4:50
3 Mr. Walker (Montgomery)  4:30
4 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:40
5 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  6:21

Nat Adderley

6 Sack O' Woe (Adderley)  4:22
7 Work Song (Adderley, Brown)  4:12
8 Scrambled Eggs (Jones)  3:17
9 Pretty Memory (Timmons)  3:49
10 Fallout (Adderley)  4:50
11 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  6:21
12 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  4:57
13 Violets for Your Furs (Adair, Dennis)  3:45
14 I've Got a Crush on You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:52



Cd. 3

Harold Land

1 Compulsion (Land)  6:47
2 Terrain (Land)  7:43
3 Klact-Oveeseds-Tene (Parker)  9:54
4 Ursula (Land)  7:03
5 West Coast Blues (Montgomery)  5:59
6 Don't Explain (Herzog, Holiday)  4:52

Cannonball Adderley

7 Lolita (Harris)  8:03
8 The Chant (Feldman)  6:33
9 Azule Serape (Feldman)  6:25


Cd. 4

Cannonball Adderley

1 Never Will I Marry (Loesser)  8:30
2 Yours Is My Heart Alone (Herzer, Lehar, Loehner)  6:02
3 Au Privave [Take 1 - Alternate Take] (Parker)  4:22
4 Au Privave [Take 2 - Originally Issued] (Parker)  3:51

Wes Montgomery Quintet

5 Tune-Up [Take 4-Originally Issued] (Davis)  4:27
6 Tune-Up [Take 9 - Alternate Take] (Davis)  4:38
7 Body and Soul [Take 2 - Alternate] (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  11:15
8 Body and Soul [Take 4/6 - Alternate] (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  7:25
9 Body and Soul [Take 7 - Originally Issued] (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  7:17
10 Sandu (Brown)  3:21
11 So Do It ! [Take 1] (Montgomery)  6:20


Cd. 5

Wes Montgomery Quintet

1 So Do It ! [Take 6-Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  6:03
2 Movin' Along [Take 1-Alternate] (Montgomery)  6:37
3 Movin' Along [Take 4-Alternate] (Montgomery)  6:23
4 Movin' Along [Take 5 - Originally Issued/Re-Edited] (Montgomery)  6:10
5 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Crosby, Washington, Young)  5:00
6 Says You (Jones)  4:57

The Montgomery Brothers

7 Doujie [Take 6, Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  4:33
8 Doujie [Take 7, Alternate] (Montgomery)  4:23
9 Just for Now (Montgomery)  4:54
10 Groove Yard (Perkins)  2:59
11 Heartstrings (Jackson)  4:32
12 Remember (Berlin)  5:34
13 Delirium (Land)  3:37


Cd. 6

The Montgomery Brothers

8 Bock to Bock [Take 1 - Alternate] (Montgomery)  5:34
9 Bock to Bock [Take 3 - Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  6:40
10 If I Should Lose You [Take 2-Alternate] (Rainger, Robin)  6:10
11 If I Should Lose You [Take 4-Originally Issued] (Rainger, Robin)  5:48
12 Doujie [#] (Montgomery)  4:45

Wes Montgomery Quintet

13 Somethin' Like Bags (Montgomery)  4:44
14 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (David, Ellington)  5:54
15 Cotton Tail (Ellington)  3:37
16 Twisted Blues (Montgomery)  5:31
17 I Wish I Knew (Gordon, Warren)  5:26
18 Repetition (Hefti)  3:52
19 While We're Young (Engvick, Palitz, Wilder)  2:14
20 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (Arlen, Mercer)  7:40


Cd. 7

George Shearing and the Montgomery Brothers

1 Darn That Dream [Take 1-Alternate] (DeLange, VanHeusen)  4:09
2 Darn That Dream [Take 8 - Originally Issued] (DeLange, VanHeusen)  4:17
3 And Then I Wrote (Shearing)  3:16
48 Double Deal (Montgomery)  3:45
5 No Hard Feelings (Montgomery)  3:45
6 Love Walked In [Take 1-Alternate] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:40
7 Love Walked In [Take 11 - Originally Issued] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:08
8 Lois Ann (Montgomery)  3:09
9 Enchanted (Shearing)  3:35
10 Love for Sale (Porter)  3:29
11 Stranger in Paradise (Borodin, Forrest, Wright)  4:47
12 Mambo in Chimes [Take 1-Alternate] (Peraza)  4:06
13 Mambo in Chimes [Take 11 - Originally Issued] (Peraza)  2:26
14 The Lamp Is Low (DeRose, Parish, Ravel, Shefter)  2:11

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery

15 Blue Roz [Take 3 - Alternate] (Montgomery)  4:42
16 Blue Roz [Take 4 - Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  4:43
17 Jingles [Take 8] (Montgomery)  4:43
18 Jingles [Take 9 - Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  6:52


Cd. 8

Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery

1 Stairway to the Stars [Take 2-Alternate] (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  3:42
2 Stairway to the Stars [Take 6-Originally Issued] (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  3:34
3 Stablemates [#] (Golson)  5:14
4 Stablemates [Take 4-Originally Issued] (Golson)  5:41
5 Sam Sack [#] (Jackson)  5:34
6 Sam Sack [Take 3 - Originally Issued] (Jackson)  6:01
7 S.K.J. [#] (Jackson)  5:34
8 S.K.J. [Take 7 - Originally Issued] (Jackson)  5:12
9 Delilah [Take 3 - Alternate Take] (Young)  6:13
10 Delilah [Take 4-Originally Issued] (Young)  6:08

Wes Montgomery Quintet/Live

11 Come Rain or Come Shine [live] (Arlen, Mercer)  7:16
112 Born to Be Blue [live/#] (Torme, Wells)  7:14


Cd. 9

Wes Montgomery Quintet/Live

1 Blue 'N' Boogie [live/#] (Gillespie, Paparelli)  10:52
2 Cariba [live/#] (Montgomery)  8:18
3 S.O.S. [live] (Montgomery)  4:40
4 Come Rain or Come Shine [live] (Arlen, Mercer)  6:46
5 Born to Be Blue [live] (Torme, Wells)  7:18
6 Full House [live] (Montgomery)  9:05
7 Cariba [live] (Montgomery)  9:29
8 Blue 'N' Boogie [live] (Gillespie, Paparelli)  9:46


Cd. 10

Wes Montgomery Quintet/Live

1 S.O.S. [live] (Montgomery)  4:55
2 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face [live] (Lerner, Loewe)  3:15

Wes Montgomery with Strings

3 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Elliott)  2:47
4 Pretty Blue [Take 1-Alternate] (Montgomery)  3:14
5 Pretty Blue [Take 2-Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  3:37
6 The Girl Next Door [Take 1] (Blane, Martin)  3:03
7 The Girl Next Door [Take 2-Originally Issued] (Blane, Martin)  3:05
8 God Bless the Child [Take 2-Alternate] (Herzog, Holiday)  3:13
9 God Bless the Child [Take 4-Originally Issued] (Herzog, Holiday)  3:15
10 My Romance (Hart, Rodgers)  2:27
11 Prelude to a Kiss [#] (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  3:04
12 All the Way (Cahn, VanHeusen)  2:36
13 Somewhere (Bernstein, Sondheim)  3:27
14 Tune-Up [Take 1] (Davis)  4:47
15 Tune-Up [Take 2/3 - Alternate] (Davis)  5:05
16 Tune-Up [Take 4-Alternate] (Davis)  4:38
17 Tune-Up [Take 5 - Originally Issued/Re-Edited] (Davis)  4:49
18 Baubles, Bangles and Beads [#] (Forrest, Wright)  2:19
19 Baubles, Bangles and Beads [Take 4 - Originally Issued] (Forrest, Wright)  2:20


Cd. 11

Wes Montgomery Trio

1 The Trick Bag [Take 2/5 - Originally Issued] (Montgomery)  4:23
2 The Trick Bag [Take 6-Alternate] (Montgomery)  5:01
3 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer)  3:45
4 Canadian Sunset (Gimbel, Heywood)  5:02
5 Dearly Beloved (Kern, Mercer)  4:48
6 For Heaven's Sake (Bretton, Edwards, Meyer)  4:39
7 Besame Mucho [Take 2 - Alternate] (Skylar, Velazquez)  6:24
8 Besame Mucho [Take 3 - Originally Issued] (Skylar, Velazquez)  6:25
9 Fried Pies [Take 1-Alternate] (Montgomery)  6:28
10 Fried Pies [Take 2 - Originally Issued/Re-Edited] (Montgomery)  7:35
11 The Breeze and I (Lecuona, Stillman)  4:08

Wes Montgomery Trio

12 Moanin' [Take 7 - Originally Issued/Re-Edited] (Timmons)  6:16
13 Dreamsville (Mancini)  3:48


Cd. 12

Wes Montgomery Trio

1 Freddie Freeloader (Davis)  5:09
2 Movin' Along [#] (Montgomery)  7:26
3 Mi Cosa [Take 1 - Subsequently Issued] (Montgomery)  3:35
4 For All We Know (Coots, Lewis)  4:27
5 The Way You Look Tonight [Take 1 - Originally Issued] (Fields, Kern)  9:06
6 The Way You Look Tonight [Take 2-Alternate] (Fields, Kern)  5:48
7 Yesterday's Child [#] (DeForest)  4:20
8 Geno (Montgomery)  2:52
9 Dangerous [#] (Montgomery)  8:09
10 Lolita [#] (Harris)  5:13
11 Blues Riff [Take 7] (Montgomery)  4:13
12 Blues Riff [Take 8] (Montgomery)  8:10
13 Moanin' [Take 10 - Alternate] (Timmons)  4:34


Feat. Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Ray Barretto, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Victor Feldman, Johnny Griffin, Louis Hayes, Albert Heath, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, etc.

Recorded between October 5, 1959 & November 27, 1963

(See the Complete artwork fot more details - personnel, dates, places, etc..)


Radenko said...

thank you so much you and keep on the good work!

john said...

Wes was a god... This is wonderful - save for a small difficulty... winRAR seems unable to extract the files... help??


Melanchthon said...

Go There :

And don't forget :

7-z is like .rar or .zip, except that it’s a free files archiver. The number at the end of the archives .001, 002 works fine if you open the first archive : .001, then all the files come behind. It don’t work when you try to open the number .002, for example, but it’s quite usual : because you have to open the number 1 solely. Don’t touch the rest.

Scoredaddy said...

Thanks Mel. I never had the entire set in lossless. Much appreciated!

Radenko said...

Thank you. I don't know what we would have done without great bloggers like you.

Otis Foster said...

...and on the seventh day he rested."

Extraordinary. Thanks M.

lcbriza said...

Sorry for the cliché, but I don't have words to express all my gratitude. Hours and hours of delight. Merci beaucoup.

OldHippieRick said...

Being I am Very New at all of this computer stuff and This 7z thing I have yet got it right it seams.So download as 7-z file like 001-004 ect then only open 001 of that batch and all will ok vs what I get nothing? I'd hate down load all of this and not have it playable :-(
Rick ???

troods said...

Incredible amount of work - thank you for providing this set. Big hugs to you. What generosity.

jazzlover said...

This is an incredible work and big effort Melanchthon,thank you so much for this perfec post !

jazzlover said...

This is an incredible work and big effort Melanchthon,thank you so much for this perfec post !

tesl424 said...

Wow, I'm impressed! Thanks a billion for this. You rock!!!!

blbs said...

Impresionante!!! Con qué gracias agradecer???

Blue Eyes said...

WOOOW! I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E ! Thank you very much Melanchthon for this mega fabulous post, God bless you !

Neal said...

Whoa! I believe it's time to "go Wes, young man"...thank you very much!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel. Awesome post.

Kovina Kris said...

Holy Moly Melanchthon! What an awesome post! I have been hoping to find this Wes Montgomery Riverside set in high quality for a long time and here it is. Thank you so very much for this. You have made my day!

Orbyt said...

Mel, you've outdone yourself! Thank you.

mel said...

@ OldHippieRick

Go download 7-Zip.

It helps extract these types of files. Once it is installed, all you have to do is right click on the first folder, and you'll see 7-zip in the choices- click on it and click extract- it will extract it without any problems. You don't even need a joiner- it joins it for you. 7-Zip is what I use to extract files like this, and I've never had any trouble with them.

MrBill said...

Holy cow. I'm not sure I have the endurance to download this - what an undertaking it must have been to upload it. I just wanted to express my appreciation for your extraordinary efforts.

grumpy said...

An amazing effort to upload this lossless, for which I am extremely grateful. Wes is not only my favourite jazz guitarist but one of my favourite musicians per se. I have much of this on CD or vinyl, but the chance to hear it all as recorded is too good to miss. Fantastic!

brian said...

Humongous effort... Hat down!

Anonymous said...

Simply perfect-what agreat add-thanks

musician3 said...

Great...Great....Great.......Thank You

woolfnotes said...

I have successfully downloaded several files from your amazing archive using 7 zip but these Wes are coming out as unknown file types and won't open with any of my de-crypting software.

Melanchthon said...

The number at the end of the archives .001, 002 works fine if you open the first archive : .001, then all the files come behind. It don’t work when you try to open the number .002, for example, but it’s quite usual : because you have to open the number 1 solely.

woolfnotes said...

I've downloaded 001 from both cd3 (the one I'm interested in) & cd1 but neither of them will open either with 7-Zip or Windows options. Oddly both files are listed as 90.5MB No problems with any of your other listings.

blissedout said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, Patron Saint of Jazz!!!

Isidoro Macarena said...

Merci beaucoup, mel,
Patron Saint of Jazz!!!

Foth said...

Thanks so much for this fabulous collection. Much appreciated!

Albertito Jazz said...

How much happiness, Melanchthon! Thanks!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Luiz Arruda said...

Very good...What is the password?

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2
Cd. 3
Cd. 4
Cd. 5
Cd. 6
Cd. 7
Cd. 8
Cd. 9
Cd. 10
Cd. 11
Cd. 12

Tom Billisson said...

Bravo! Fabulous

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

AlanE49 said...

Thank you, Mel. This is terrfic!

musician3 said...

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

John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks - Fantastic !

headman said...

Thanks once again for another terrific share,'s much appreciated

Stroll On Records said...

Hey, incredible post, thank you so much! @Melanchthon - what is the password for the files? have downloaded now need the password...


ethiessen1 said...

Disc one only decodes to make 4 tracks.
Looks like this file is too small:
Ws Mntgmr n Rvrsd, cd1.7z Size: 100.43 MB

ethiessen1 said...

I got it to work-had to decode each of the 3 files separately, but everything's there. Thanks for sharing this!

kristophermc28 said...

Wow, thanks again Mel!
Like the other Wes set, I have some of this but not all. Great to have it all in one place.

kristophermc28 said...

Wow, thanks again Mel!
Like the other Wes set, I have some of this but not all. Great to have it all in one place.

Patty said...

A million thanks for your work :-D

rst said...

Thank you!