Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wes Montgomery - A Dynamic New Sound

While even label executive Orrin Keepnews admits that The Wes Montgomery Trio may have fallen short of representing Montgomery's talent, he still felt that this debut captured a large portion of it. Recorded on October 5 and 6 in 1959, guitarist Montgomery is joined by organist Melvin Rhyne and drummer Paul Parker. Montgomery's style, block chords and octaves, is already firmly in place, and he delivers lovely solos on "'Round Midnight," "Whisper Not," and "Satin Doll." The choice of material, in fact, from classics like "Yesterdays" to originals like Montgomery's "Jingles," never falters. The only drawback is that the accompaniment, which though solid, doesn't seem to perfectly match his guitar style. One gets the impression that Montgomery's forceful, deliberate style would be better-served by beefier arrangements. Having said this, Montgomery's performance — coming at the end of a decade represented by guitarists like Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel — must have been a revolution in technique and execution. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a 36-year-old guitarist re-imagines the jazz guitar solo. There are two bonus tracks on The Wes Montgomery Trio: extra takes of "Satin Doll" and "Missile Blues." Although later Riverside recordings of Montgomery are more fully realized, fans will enjoy returning to the moment when he first burst upon the jazz scene.
Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Source :

Wes Montgomery
A Dynamic New Sound
(UCCO 9282)


1 'Round Midnight (Hanigen, Monk, Williams)  4:53
2 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  3:15
3 The End of A Love Affair (Redding)  3:13
4 Whisper Not (Golson)  4:36
5 Ecaroh (Silver)  2:56
6 Satin Doll [take 7] (Ellington)  3:56
7 Missile Blues [take 6] (Montgomery)  6:00
8 Too Late Now (Lerner, Lane)  4:51
9 Jingles (Montgomery)  5:31
10 Satin Doll [take 5] (Ellington)  4:06
11 Missile Blues [take 5] (Montgomery)  4:33


Wes Montgomery - g
Mel Rhyne - org
Paul Parker - dr

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City ; October 5 [# 1, 6, 7, 10 & 11] & 6 [other selections], 1959


Melanchthon said...

almason said...

Thanks Mel,
I love Wes.

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear MM.

Kovina Kris said...

Very happy to upgrade this album by Wes. Thank you Mel!

musician3 said...

INCREDIBLE..................THANK YOU

Blue Eyes said...

I've this one, album highly recommended, especially the version of "'Round Midnight", a pure gem!...great post Mel!

P.S Alternate cover "Wes Montgomery Trio - Round Midnight (1963) [Riverside 673 009] here:

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias Mel

deGallo said...

I have this. Great album. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hola! Excelente disco! Pero no puedo abrir los archivos cuando los descargo. El primero dice que tiene un error y el segundo se descarga sin formato.
Saluds y Muchas Gracias!

Angel said...

One more time