Saturday, July 2, 2016

Wes Montgomery at Ronnie Scott’s Club

In 1965, Wes Montgomery was growing increasingly commercial and was making his presence felt in the pop market more and more. One could argue that in the mid-1960s, Montgomery provided some of the first NAC recordings — his heavily arranged covers of R&B and pop-rock songs certainly foreshadowed the NAC/smooth-jazz radio formats of the 1980s and 1990s. But the distinctive guitarist was still quite capable of embracing standard hard bop, which is exactly what he does on Live at Ronnie Scott’s. This CD finds Montgomery performing at the famous London jazz club in April and May 1965, when he was joined by pianist Stan Tracey, bassist Rick Laird, and drummer Ronnie Stephenson. There are no hints of pop-jazz or NAC music on this disc. Montgomery is in fine form on “Wes’ Easy Blues” as well as performances of standards like “I’ll Remember April” and “Body and Soul.” Although not quite essential, Live at Ronnie Scott’s is a CD that lovers of Montgomery’s straight-ahead playing will appreciate.
Alex Henderson

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Wes Montgomery
Body and Soul


1 Sonny Boy (Brown, DeSylva, Henderson, Jolson)  8:25
2 Wes’ Easy Blues (Montgomery)  7:27
3 Solo Ballad in a Major (Montgomery)  4:05
4 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  12:18
5 Broadway (Woode, MacRae, Bird)  12:41
6 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  10:22
7 I’ll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  10:17
8 Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  10:53
9 Words from Wes  2:31


[# 1 & 2]
Wes Montgomery - g
Stan Tracey - p
Rick Laird - b
Ronnie Stephenson - dr
Recorded at Ronnie Scott’s Club, London ; April 5, 1965
[# 3]
Wes Montgomery - g
Recorded same place as above ; April 9, 1965
[# 4-8]
Wes Montgomery - g
Stan Tracey - p
Rick Laird - b
Ronnie Stephenson - dr
Recorded same place as above ; May 7, 1965


Melanchthon said...

Philo said...

This is one I hadn't heard before. Very nice. Thanks Mel.

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

Especially looking forward to Wes' version of Broadway.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you so much for that one!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

catarsis said...

what is the password?

Thank you

hcb said...

Very nice. Thanks.

Otis Foster said...

A new Montgomery session, for me at least. Thnx melanchthon.

Brush&Stick said...

There can never be enough Wes, many thanks!

Geoviki said...

Thanks for Wes, and also thanks again for using a download service that isn't painful to use.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You


most hearty wishes for you.Cheers :)

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks so much Mel. Glad to have this addition to the Wes section.

Tom+Jerry said...

Hi Mel, the files seem to have expired. Any chance of a re-up?