This release presents two complete never before (never before ? see NB) heard 1965 radio broadcasts from the Half Note in New York, showcasing the great Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio. The pianist’s trio featured Jimmy Cobb on drums, and two different bassists, Ron Carter and Larry Ridley, replacing the regular member Paul Chambers, who for some reason couldn’t attend the shows. These performances took place a few months before the well-known recordings made by Montgomery and Kelly for Verve at the same venue, issued as Smokin’ at the Half Note.
Among the many highlights, these programs contain an amazing unaccompanied guitar version of Wes’ Mi Cosa, his only live readings of All the Things You Are, and his own composition Cariba, as well as the guitarist’s only existing versions of Birks’ Works, Laura and I Remember You !
Source : http://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/17465/wes-montgomery/the-unissued-1965-half-note-broadcasts
The Unissued 1965
1 Impressions (Coltrane) 6:11
2 Mi Cosa [Unaccompanied Guitar] (Montgomery) 3:34
3 Blues #1 (Montgomery) 5:45
4 Birks’ Works (Gillespie) 5:41
5 Laura (Raksin, Mercer) 6:46
6 Cariba (Montgomery) 8:42
7 Blues #2 (Montgomery) 3:04
8 Four On Six (Montgomery) 8:07
9 Blues #3 /Closing Announcements (Montgomery) 1:26
10 All The Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein) 6:43
11 I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer) 7:21Personnel
Wes Montgomery - g
Wynton Kelly - p
Ron Carter - b [# 1-3]
Larry Ridley - b [# 4-11]
Jimmy Cobb - dr
Recorded live at the Half Note, New York ; February 12 & 19, 1965 (“Portraits in Jazz” Radio Show hosted by Alan Grant)
A japanese disc from December 1994, titled "Smokin' Guitar" (Toko Records WM94-12) contains 6 titles from this release and consequently partial reissue (Birk's Works ; Four on Six ; Laura ; Cariba ; All the Things You Are & I Remember You)...