Monday, February 1, 2016

Wes Montgomery - Complete Live in Paris (2 cds - 1965)

Wes Montgomery’s 1965 concert at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris is one of the greatest live dates ever recorded from the decade. Here, Montgomery, pianist Harold Mabern, drummer Jimmy Lovelace, bassist Arthur Harper, and saxophonist Johnny Griffin — who guested on three selections at the end of the gig — tore the City of Light apart with an elegant yet raw and immediate jazz of incomparable musicianship and communication. Montgomery was literally on fire and Mabern has never, ever been heard better on record. From the opening bars of “Four on Six,” Montgomery is playing full-on, doing a long solo entirely based on chord voicings that is as stellar as any plectrum solo he ever recorded. Mabern’s ostinato and legato phrasing is not only blinding in speed, but completely gorgeous in its melodic counterpoint. And while the bop and hard bop phrasing here is in abundance, Montgomery does not leave the funk behind. It’s as if he never played with George Shearing, so aggressive is his playing here. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tonal inquiry that goes on in the band’s read of John Coltrane’s “Impressions,” in which the entire harmonic palette is required by Montgomery’s series of staggered intervals and architectural peaks in the restructuring of the head. Likewise, in Griffin Montgomery finds a worthy foil on “‘Round Midnight” and the medley of “Blue and Boogie/West Coast Blues.” Montgomery assumes the contrapuntal role as Mabern floods the bottom with rich, bright chords and killer vamps in the choruses. Highly recommended.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Wes Montgomery
Complete Live in Paris
(2 cds - 1965)


Cd. 1

1 Four on Six (Montgomery)  6:26
2 Twisted Blues (Montgomery)  13:35
3 Impressions (Coltrane)  10:05
4 To When (Montgomery)  11:04
5 Jingles (Montgomery)  12:32


Cd. 2

1 The Girl Next Door (Blane, Martin)  6:46
2 Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  8:29
3 ‘Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  9:30
4 Full House (Montgomery)  10:59
5 Blue and Boogie/West Coast Blues (Gillespie, Montgomery)  13:32


Wes Montgomery - g
Johnny Griffin - ts [cd. 2 - # 3-5]
Harold Mabern - p
Jimmy Lovelace - dr

Recorded Live at Théâtre des Champs Elysées ; Paris ; March 27, 1965


ZM-JazzRock said...

Thanx a lot for this album.
Really appreciate your effort of share all these good stuffs.
Keep on posting, pal!
Regards from Brazil.

balkanjeff said...

Great gig, Wes was driving hard that night!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Melanchthon!

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neil said...

Welcome back, mel, and many thanks...

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anon'n'on said...

sometimes a guy can't take a break and have a smoke w/o everyone noticing..thanks

deGallo said...

Thank you. Everyone was getting worried that you were closed. Very glad to see you back.

Never enough Wes!!!

ooglybong said...

"Sometimes a guy can't take a break and have a smoke w/o everyone noticing." HA!
This one looks interesting and I've not seen it before. Wherever do you manage to find all this great music?! Thanks for sharing again, as usual! :-)

Frasco said...

Thank you very much.

Blue Eyes said...

Yeah, great post Melanchthon, a must have for all fan of Wes!

rog said...

Thanks Mel for making this Wes fan much happier... :-)

km1292 said...

Great Thanx!

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

Fourcade said...

Thanks a lot for this stunning recording!
Cheers Daniel, from Spain...

Mike said...

Hoping someday to appreciate Wes Montgomery... maybe this one will do the trick? Thanks for the opportunity to listen!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post,Mel.
Just so you know, I'm unable to open these files correctly. I'm using the Unarchiver for Mac, which has worked flawlessly for your other 7z files. Just thought I'd let you know in case any one else is having issues too.
Thanks for all you do.

francisco santos said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!

Kovina Kris said...

Wow. Super to get this stuff I didn't have. Thank you!