Monday, April 6, 2015

Wes Montgomery - The Montgomeryland Sessions

Wes Montgomery's admirers have often speculated on what direction his career might have taken had he not died prematurely in 1968. Would he have returned to straight-ahead bop, or would the slick, heavily produced smooth jazz he turned to during the last few years of his life continue to be his primary focus ? Would there have been any Montgomery Brothers reunions in the ‘70s? One can only speculate. But what we can say for certain is that when he was still bop-oriented, the influential guitarist made his mark both as a leader and on sessions he co-led with bassist Monk Montgomery and pianist/vibist Buddy Montgomery. The Montgomery Brothers' pre-‘60s output is the focus of The Montgomeryland Sessions ; spanning 1955-1959, this two-CD set contains the albums e and Montgomeryland in their entirety. Also included are live performances from the Kismet album (recorded at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles in 1958) and Jon Hendricks' A Good Git-Together (which finds The Montgomery Brothers backing that risk-taking singer at Fugazi Hall in San Francisco in 1959). And collectors will be glad to know that this double-CD contains a rare Montgomery Brothers version of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" from 1955. The Montgomeryland Sessions isn't the last word on Wes Montgomery's recordings with his brothers; for example, this release doesn't get into their Groove Yard session of 1961. But it takes more than a superficial look at their late-‘50s activities, and even though The Montgomeryland Sessions isn't recommended to casual listeners, it's a release that serious collectors will be glad to have.
Alex Henderson

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Wes Montgomery
The Montgomeryland


Cd. 1

1 Finger Pickin' (Montgomery)  2:30
2 Sound Carrier (Montgomery)  6:55
3 Lois Ann (Montgomery)  4:44
4 Bud's Beaux Arts (Montgomery)  7:31
5 Bock to Bock (Montgomery)  10:07
6 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:57
7 Billie's Bounce (Parker)  4:40
8 Far Wes (Montgomery)  5:55
9  Leila (Montgomery)  3:30
10 Old Folks (Hill, Robison)  6:38
11 Wes' Tune (Montgomery)  4:11
12 Hymn for Carl (Land)  4:37
13 Montgomeryland Funk (Montgomery)  4:03
14  Stompin' at the  Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  4:24
15 Love for Sale (Porter)  3:42


Cd. 2

1 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward )  4:53
2 Monk's Shop (Montgomery)  3:58
3 Falling in Love With Love (Hart, Rodgers)  6:16
4 Renie (Montgomery)  3:33
5 Ouverture (Wright, Forrest)  6:40
6 And this is My Beloved (Wright, Forrest)  6:18
7 Fate (Wright, Forrest)  5:01
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
11 A Good Git Together (Hendricks)  3:42
12 Feed Me (Hendricks)  3:49
13 Music in the Air (Hendricks, Gryce)  3:57
14 Pretty Strange (Hendricks, Weston)  2:53
15 The Shouter (Hendricks, Malhones)  5:03
16 Social Call (Hendricks, Gryce)  2:22
17 Out of the Past (Hendricks, Golson)  4:54


[Cd. 1, # 1-7] originally issued as "The Montgomery Brothers & Five Others" (World Pacific WP 1240)
Wes Montgomery -g
Freddie Hubbard - tp
Wayman Atkinson & Alonzo Johnson -ts
Buddy Montgomery - vb
Joe Bradley - p
Monk Montgomery - b
Paul Parker - dr
Recorded in Indianapolis, Indiana ;  December 30, 1957.
[Cd. 1, # 8-14] originally issued as "Montgomeryland" (Pacific Jazz PJ 5)
Wes Montgomery -g
Harold Land - ts
Buddy Montgomery - p
Monk Montgomery - b
Tony Bazley - d
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 18, 1958.
[Cd. 1, # 15] from the various artist compilation "Almost Forgotten" (Columbia FC 38509)
Alonzo Johnson - ts
Buddy Montgomery - p
Wes Montgomery - g
Monk Montgomery - b
Robert Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 15, 1955.
[Cd. 2, # 1-4] from Pony "The Montgomeryland" LP
Wes Montgomery - g
Pony Poindexter - as
Buddy Montgomery - p
Monk Montgomery - b
Louis Hayes - d
Recorded in Los Angeles ; October 1, 1959.
[Cd. 2, # 5-10] from Mastersounds' "Kismet" (World Pacific WP 1243)
Monk Montgomery - b & ldr
Wes Montgomery - g
Buddy Montgomery - vb
Richie Crabtree - p
Benny Barth - dr
Recorded at Forum Theatre, Los Angeles ; April 22, 1958.
[Cd. 2, # 11-17] from John Hendricks' "A Good Git-Together" (World Pacific WP 1283)
Pony Poindexter - as & vcl
Gildo Mahones - p
Wes Montgomery - g
Monk Montgomery - b
Walter Bolden - d
Jon Hendricks - vcl
Recorded at Fugazi Hall, San Francisco ; October, 1959

This release contains the complete classic albums “The Montgomery Brothers & Five Others” (1958), “Montgomeryland” (1959) and “Wes, Buddy & Monk” (1958). Also included are all the songs featuring solos by Wes Montgomery from the LPs “Kismet” (1958) and A Good Git Together (1959) and, as a final bonus, a rare 1955 Montgomery Brothers version of “Love for Sale” appearing here on CD for the first time ever - taken from a long out of print compilation LP called appropriately, “Almost Forgotten”.

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estravagario said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon. Awesome as your whole posting.
I cannot download the artwork... as per rapid it's not available. Best regards!

John Pickworth said...

Thanks again !

jbl said...

I downloaded everything for just one track: Love For Sale. Although your rips are better than the ones I have. The artwork I had to download using Firefox, with I.E. it doesn't work. As always thanks very much.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel,and I repeat ....Best Jazz blog,
Does anybody have those great Grooveyard sessions???. I have one reel to reel tape and it's a killer. Once again many thanks Mr. Mel

der bajazzo said...

Thank you, Melanchthon.

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AmyBRAINS said...

It's a FANTASTIC post!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon. Great reedition of those old albums, and thanks to Fresh Sound for issuing them.

agmosk said...

Thanks! i had the Riversides but not these. Great post!

GuitarGus said...

Thanks Mel
A great post and a labour of love

Prof. Yaffle said...


fcapeau said...

Amazing sessions, and the occurence to listen to rare musicians as Buddy Montgomery, Gildo Mahonnes (only one record as a leader ?), Pony ... etc.
Many thanks, Mel, for these moments of pure pleasure.

Manuel Bautista Gallo said...

Amazing post!! Congratulations!!. Wich in the pass for montgomery sesions?

Melanchthon said...

cd. 1
cd. 2

Jazzhound said...

These 2 files won't download from Zippyshare.

-Otto- said...

Thanks for the re-up, Melanchthon!

And Jazzhound, maybe just check the box next to "I'm not a ropot" on the Zippy page(s) and see what happens. I had no problem with the DL of any of the archives.

migue said...


Jazzhound said...

I understand about the occasional "I'm not a robot" but that isn't what I'm getting. The two files I mentioned above are the only ones that won't give me a "download" box. All the others worked normally. I just can't figure out why those 2 files won't give me a download box.

-Otto- said...

...but, but, but, Jazzhound. That's where the download box is hiding: under the "I'm not a robot" captcha thing-y. And if you - for whatever reason - appear to be really suspicious of being a robot, you may have to solve a captcha after you have already checked the box that you're not a robot before you actually see the download panel.

Good luck!

If all else fails, delete your browser's cache files and reload the zippy pages and start completely anew. Since I and apparently everybody else were able to DL the files, it might be only localized hick-ups on your end. All my best!

steve said...

Thanks for the listen on these early Montgomery gems Mel. Great stuff!!!

musician3 said...



Great stuff, as always. Thank you very much for the wonderfull music you offer.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Blue Eyes said...

FABULOUS post! Thank you very much Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Axel.T. said...

Wonderful jazz from the Montgomery Brothers....

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!

brian said...

mel... the artwork link is dead! when you'll have the time... please!

jazzheat_bongobeat said...

could you possible post the links again for cd 2? They appear to be dead. The Jon Hendricks session on that CD is a rarity