Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wes Montgomery - The Complete Verve Recordings (1964-1968)

All eight of the albums Wes Montgomery issued on Verve in the mid-'60s (including the two he did with organist Jimmy Smith) are on this limited-edition, five-CD box set. With the addition of 20 bonus tracks (none previously unreleased, some of them alternate takes or overdubbed versions) and a 76-page booklet that includes readable reproductions of the original LP sleeves, it's the definitive compilation of his work for the label. By its very size, of course, its appeal might be limited to completists and serious collectors. But its no-stone-unturned thoroughness can't be faulted, and it sensitively separates the purest straight-ahead jazz material (all of the cuts recorded in 1965 for Smokin' at the Half Note) onto one CD, as well as placing the Montgomery-Smith albums so that they're heard in succession on the last half of disc four and the first half of disc five.
Montgomery's Verve period is the source of some contention among critics and fans. Numerous jazz authorities are of the opinion that Wes by far did his finest work when he operated with standard, straight-ahead small jazz groups early in his recording career, and declined substantially when he moved to Verve, primarily owing to increasingly commercial material and orchestrated arrangements. Most listeners with some open-mindedness, however, will find at least some material here to value - not just the all-out straight jazz sessions on Smokin' at the Half Note, but also on the cuts with more pop-oriented backing. First, it should be pointed out that the pop and rock covers for which Montgomery's Verve releases are most often derided — particularly Goin' Out of My Head and California Dreaming — are a fairly small minority of the songs he recorded for the label. Of more importance, the combination of Montgomery's always excellent guitar playing with orchestrated arrangements (variously by Johnny Pate, Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson, and Claus Ogerman) actually works well much of the time. At its best, the blend achieves a cinematic sense of drama, as well as a form of jazz that many more pop-oriented listeners will find more accessible than much of conventional jazz.
That also means, of course, that a good number of jazz specialists will find that material unpalatable, and there are some tracks where the embellishments verge upon becoming too sweet and middle of the road. But there are at least as many such cuts that even jazzheads should enjoy, both for Montgomery's playing and the effective, and at times adventurous addition of big-band elements. Quite a few tracks, in fact, are downright excellent. Standouts include the Montgomery-Smith recording "13 (Death March)" ; the superb soul-jazz of another Montgomery-Smith highlight, "O.G.D. (aka Road Song)" ; the simmering groove of "Bumpin' on Sunset" ; or the unfettered, bluesy strut "Just Walkin'." Ultimately, Montgomery's Verve output must be considered more a success than a failure, and more worthy than embarrassing. And while his shifting approaches ensures that almost everyone will find this box an inconsistent listen, it's ultimately quite a worthy collection of a notable period in his career.
Richie Unterberger

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/movin-the-complete-verve-recordings-mw0002183271

Wes Montgomery
Movin'
The Complete Verve Recordings
(1964-1968) 

Cd. 1

1 Caravan (Mills, Ellington, Tizol)  2:38
2 People (Styne, Merrill)  4:23
3 Movin’ Wes (Part 1) (Montgomery)  3:31
4 Moca Flor (Fernando, Ferreira)  3:12
5 Matchmaker (Harnick, Block)  2:52
6 Movin’ Wes (Part 2) (Montgomery)  2:54
7 Senza Fine (Paoli)  3:27
8 Theodora (Taylor)  3:58
9 In And Out (Montgomery)  2:53
10 Born To Be Blue (Torme, Wells)  3:40
11 West Coast Blues (Montgomery)  3:17
12 Bumpin’ (Montgomery)  6:50
13 Tear It Down (Montgomery)  3:15
14 A Quiet Thing (Ebb, Kander)  3:30
15 Con Alma (Gillespie)  3:24
16 Love Theme from “The Sandpiper” - The Shadow Of Your Smile (Webster, Mandel)  3:19
17 Mi Cosa (Montgomery)  3:22
18 Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:49
19 Musty (Sebesky)  4:21
20 Just Walkin’ (Montgomery)  3:00
21 My One And Only Love (Wood, Mellin)  4:09
22 Just Walkin’ [alt. take] (Montgomery)  3:37

Arranged and conducted by Johnny Pate [# 1-11]
Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky [# 18-22]

*


Cd. 2

1 No Blues (Davis) 12:56
2 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron, Sigman)  8:26
3 Unit 7 (Jones)  6:46
4 Four on Six (Montgomery)  6:45
5 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  6:14
6 Willow Weep For Me (Ronell)  9:07
7 Portrait of Jennie (Robinson, Burdge)  3:27
8 Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  6:15
9 Oh, You Crazy Moon (VanHeusen, Burke)  5:30
10 Misty (Garner, Burke)  6:57
11 Impressions (Coltrane)  5:02

*


Cd. 3

1 Goin’ Out Of My Head (Randazzo, Weinstein)  2:14
2 O Morro (DeMoraes, Jobim)  4:46
3 Boss City (Montgomery)  3:45
4 Chim Chim Cheree (from Walt Disney’s “Marry Poppins”) (Sherman, Sherman, Sherman)  4:51
5 Naptown Blues (Montgomery)  3:07
6 Twisted Blues (Montgomery)  4:15
7 End of A Love Affair (Redding)  3:43
8 It Was A Very Good Year (Drake)  3:43
9 Golden Earrings (Evans, Livingston, Young)  5:18
10 Tequila (Rio)  3:22
11 Little Child (Daddy Dear) (Shanklin)  2:29
12 What the World Needs Now is Love (Bacharach, David)  5:00
13 The Big Hurt (Shanklin)  4:34
14 Bumpin’ On Sunset (Montgomery)  4:51
15 How Insensitive (Insensatez) (Jobim, Gimbel, DeMoraes)  3:47
16 The Thumb (Montgomery)  4:50
17 Midnight Mood (Zawinul, Raleigh)  5:34
18 Wives And Lovers (Bacharach, David)  3:00
19 Tequila [alt. take] (Rio)  2:40

*


Cd. 4

1 California Dreaming (Philips)  3:08
2 Sun Down (Montgomery)  6:03
3 OhYou Crazy Moon (Nurke, VanHeusen)  3:43
4 More, More, Amor (Lake)  2:53
5 Without You (Marinio, Myers)  3:05
6 Winds of Barcelona (Lake)  3:07
7 Sunny (Hebb)  4:03
8 Green Peppers (Lake)  2:56
9 Mr. Walker (Montgomery)  3:40
10 South of the Border (Carr, Kennedy)  3:14
11 Sunny [alt. take] (Hebb)  3:09
12 Down by the Riverside (Trad.)  10:01
13 Night Train (Forrest, Simpkins)  6:47
14 James and Wes (Smith)  8:14
15 13 (Death March) (McFarland)  5:22
16 Baby, It's Cold Outside (Loesser)  5:56

Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky [# 1-11]
Arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson [# 12-13]

*


Cd. 5

1 King of the Road (Miller)  4:03
2 Maybe September (Faith, Livingston, Evans)  6:21
3 O.G.D. (a.k.a. Road Song) (Montgomery)  6:07
4 Call Me (Hatch)  3:11
5 Milestones* (Davis)  4:10
6 Mellow Mood (Smith)  8:42
7 ’Round Midnight (Monk, Williams, Hanighen)  7:19
8 O.G.D. (a.k.a. Road Song) [alt. take] (Montgomery )  5:15
9 The Big Hurt [alt. take] (Shanklin)  3:28
10 Bumpin’ On Sunset [alt. take] (Montgomery)  3:20
11 Willow Weep For Me [overdubbed version] (Ronell)  7:42
12 Portrait Of Jennie [overdubbed version] (Robinson, Burdge)  2:47
13 Oh, You Crazy Moon [overdubbed version] (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:28
14 Misty [overdubbed version] (Burke, Garner)  6:45

*Arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson


*


Personnel
[Cumulative Personnel]
[Cd.1, # 1-11] Movin’ Wes (Verve V6-8610)
Wes Montgomery - g
Jerome Richardson - wdwnds
Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Quentin Jackson & Chauncey Welsh - tb
Ernie Royal, Clark Terry & Snooky Young - tp
Don Butterfield or Harvey Phillips - tub
Bobby Scott - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Grady Tate - dr
Willie Bobo - perc
Recorded at A. & R. Studios, New York ; November 16 [# 2, 4, 5 & 7] & November 18, 1964 [# 1, 4, 9 & 11]
[Cd. 1, # 12-19] Bumpin’ (Verve V6-8625)
Wes Montgomery - g
Roger Kellaway - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Helcio Milito or Grady Tate - dr
Candido Camero - bng & cng
Harold Coletta, David Schwartz, and others - vla
Arnold Eidus, Lewis Eley, Paul Geshman, Louis Haber, Julius Held, Harry Lookofsky - vl
George Ricci, Charles McCracken - cel
Margaret Ross - hrp
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; March 16 [# 18-20 & 22] ; May 18 [# 13 & 16] ; May 19 [# 14 & 15] ; & May 20, 1965 [# 12, 19 & 21]
[Cd. 1, # 20-22] Bonus Tracks first issued on the LP Just Walkin' (Verve V6-8804) [# 20 & 21] ; & on the expanded CD reissue of Bumpin', (Verve 31453 9062-2) [# 22]
[Cd. 2, # 1-5] Smokin’ At The Half Note (Verve V6-8633)
Wes Montgomery - g
Wynton Kelly - p
Paul Chambers - b
Jimmy Cobb - dr
Recorded at the Half Note, New York, June 24 [# 1 & 2] ; & at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New jersey ; September 22, 1965 [# 3-5]
[Cd. 2, # 6-11] Bonus Tracks
Same personnel as above
Recorded at the Half Note, New York ; June 26 [# 6-10] & between June 22-27, 1965 [# 11]
[Cd. 3, # 1-9] Goin’ Out Of My Head (Verve V6-8642)
Wes Montgomery - g
Herbie hancock or Roger Kellaway - p
Wayne Andre, Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, Danny Moore & Tony Studd - tb
Donald Byrd, Joe Newman & Ernie Royal - tp
George Duvivier - b
Bob Ashton - s, cl & fl
Phil Woods - as & cl
Jerry Dodgion - as, cl, fl & pcl
Romeo Penque - ts, fl, cl, engl hrn, ob & pcl
Dan Bank - bs, fl, alt fl & b cl
Grady Tate  or Sol Gubin - dr
Candido - cng
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; November 20 [# 1 & 3] & December 22 [# 2, 4-9], 1965
[Cd. 3, # 10-17] Tequila (Verve V6-8653)
Wes Montgomery - g
George Devens - vb
Ron Carter - b
Ray Barretto - cng
Grady Tate - dr
Claus Ogerman - arr. [# 11-15 & 17]
Bernard Eichen, Arnold Eidus, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Kulius Herd, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin & Gene Orloff - vl
Abe Kessler, Charles McCracken, George Ricci & Harvey Shapiro - cel
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; March 17 [# 11-15, 17 & 18] & March 21 [# 10, 16 & 19], 1966 ; strings and possibly vibraphone for # 11, 13-15 & 17 overdubbed May 18, 1966
[Cd. 3, # 18 & 19] Bonus Tracks
Recorded same place & date as above ; first issued on the posthumous LP Just Walkin' (Verve V6-8804)
[Cd. 4, # 1-10] California Dreaming (Verve V6-8672)
Mel Davis, Bernie Glow & Jimmy Nottingham - tp
Wayne Andre, John Messner & Bill Watrous - tb
James Buffington - fr hrn
Don Butterfield - tub
Walter Kane - cl, bsn & ts
Ray Beckenstein - as, fl & picc
Stan Webb - as, bars, ehr & cl
Jack Jennings - vib, cast & scra
Herbie Hancock - p
Wes Montgomery - g
Al Casamenti or Bucky Pizzarelli - g
Richard Davis - b
Grady Tate dr
Ray Barretto - cg
Don Sebesky - arr. & cond.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 14 [# 1] ; 15 [# 8 & 10] & 16 (all others), 1966
[Cd. 4, # 11] Bonus Track
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; September 16, 1966, first issued on the posthumous LP Just Walkin' (Verve V6-8804)
[Cd. 4, # 12-16] Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo (Verve 8678)
Jimmy Smith - org
Wes Montgomery - g
Clark Terry - tp & flghrn
Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman & Ernie Royal - tp
Jimmy Cleveland, Dick Hixson, Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston & Tony Studd - tb
Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson & Phil Woods - rds
Richard Davis - b
Grady Tate - dr
Ray Barretto - cg
Oliver Nelson - arr. & cond. [# 12 & 13]
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 21 [# 15], 23 [# 12 & 13] ; & 28 [# 14 & 16], 1966
[Cd. 5, # 1-6] Further Adventures of Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery (Verve V6-8766)
Jimmy Smith - org
Wes Montgomery - g
Ray Barretto - perc
Grady Tate - dr
On [# 5 & 7] add :
Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry - tp
Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston - tb
Tony Studd - btb
Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Phil Woods - wwds
Richard Davis - b
Barretto out
Oliver Nelson - arr.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 21 [# 5] & 28, 1966
[Cd. 5, # 7-14] Bonus tracks
a. [# 7] first issued on Just Walkin' (Verve V6-8804)
b. [# 9 & 10] outtakes from the Tequila sessions (first issued as above)
March 17, 1966
c. [# 11-14] originally recorded live at the Half Note, New York ; June 22-27, 1965, were overdubbed with brass and woodwinds at Van Gelder Studio ; October 8, 1968. First issued on Willow Weep for Me (Verve V6-8765)

29 comments:

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this superlative post of all Wes' verve albums. I have some but not all.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks for this fantastic set !

glinka21 said...

Wow, Mel. That's munificent of you. Thanks!

Luis said...

Melanchton, you are the best! Thanks very much for this gift

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias

jbl said...

And I thought I had all Montgomery's recordings for Verve! Well just reading your notes how wrong I was. Thanks Mel, I will be enjoying myself in the next couple of days.

AmyBRAINS said...

MAMMA MIA!!
This is one of your BEST POST.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

TEO said...

Thanks very very much wonderful Mel!!!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

fcapeau said...

I love too these Verve tracks.A big thank you, Mel.

Manuel Casanova Gomez said...

Please. What is de password? GrACIAS

Silvio said...

fantastic!!! thank you

Blue Eyes said...

Merci beaucoup Melanchthon pour ce fabuleux cadeau!...incroyable mais vrai!...si je devais aller sur une île déserte et choisir un seul disque, ce serait le cd2, et en particulier "No Blues"! Wes est monstrueux! (je peux jeter ma guitare à la poubelle maintenant!)

xxx said...

Thank You! Melanchthon_hopefully
this will open the door to acquiring
a taste for Wes Montgomery_I've been a lifelong Grant Green fan.

Jónatas Marques said...

Password please!!

Ulf said...

Could you oplease re-up lins 3&4, they do not work anymore.

Thanks and best regards

Ulf said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, I don't have words!!!

RadioMike said...

Could not extract. Error on decrunching. Any ideas or can you post new links? I have tried downloading at least five times so far. Grateful for this, but a little frustrated.

Marc said...

Links are dead
Is it possible to re up

Thanks very much for this great blog

kioku said...

Hi Melanchthon,

Sorry to bother you but would it be possible to get new links for the Wes Montgomery - Complete Verve Recordings set? I've been listening to my old Wes recordings for the last couple of weeks but I am missing most of the later Verve lps. I'd love to check them out if you have time to reup. Thank you for your consideration.

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Thank you for this wonderful collection.

headman said...

Thanks you VERY much for this 'labour of love', Mel...especially the artwork. It's much appreciated!

SW said...

TERRIFIC post Mel
Thanks Thanks Thanks

ethiessen1 said...

Thank you kindly.

kristophermc28 said...

Awesome, thanks Mel! I have some of this material, but it's nice to get the complete package.

philip175 said...

Thank you Melanchthon. I've avoided these Verve releases (except Tequlia and Smokin' At The Half Note) in favor of his Riverside recordings. That was a little narrow minded on my part. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to catching up!

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Izrael said...

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