Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wes Montgomery - The Verve Jazz Sides

The two-CD set Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sessions salvages Wes Montgomery's straight jazz sessions for Verve, leaving the pop-oriented covers and orchestral sessions to the original albums. There are selected numbers from albums like Movin' Wes, Goin' Out of My Head and California Dreaming, illustrating that those albums were hardly worthless — each track proves that Montgomery's touch remained elegant and supremely tasteful. The second disc is devoted to the complete sessions for Smokin' at the Half Note, the legendary recording Montgomery made at Van Gelder Studios in 1965 with bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Wynton Kelly and drummer Jimmy Cobb. The music on the record is easily among Montgomery's finest, and this is the first time that all the music from the sessions has been collected in one place. That alone makes it worthwhile for hardcore collectors, but the set also makes an excellent summation of his Verve years for less dedicated fans, since it rounds up his very best work on one attractive set. 
Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Source :

Wes Montgomery
The Verve Jazz Sides


Cd. 1

1 West Coast Blues (Montgomery)  3:15
2 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  2:39
3 Twisted Blues (Montgomery)  4:15
4 Golden Earrings (Evans, Livingston, Young)  5:16
5 Naptown Blues (Montgomery)  3:08
6 Sun Down (Montgomery)  6:03
7 Milestones (Davis)  4:09
8 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  7:19
9 Mellow Mood (Smith)  8:41
10 James and Wes (Smith)  8:11
11 O.G.D. (aka Road Song) (Montgomery)  6:05
12 Wives and Lovers (Bacharach, David)  2:57
13 Portrait of Jenny (Burdge, Robinson)  2:45
14 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  5:18
15 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top [Reconstructed Version] (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  6:12


Cd. 2

1 Unit 7 (Jones)  6:44
2 Four on Six (Montgomery)  6:43
3 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  6:10
4 No Blues (Davis)  12:52
5 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron, Sigman)  8:21
6 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  7:35
7 Impressions (Coltrane)  5:03
8 Oh, You Crazy Moon (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:19
9 Four on Six (Montgomery)  6:30
10 Misty (Burke, Garner)  6:40


Feat. Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, George Duvivier, Grady Tate, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Cleveland, Paul Chambers, Ray Barretto, Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly...

See the complete artwork for all details (places, sessions, musicians, dates)


Jay said...

Thanks very much for sharing this. Very classy music!

OldHippieRick said...

What a great album I am enjoying it very much.Wes Montgomery has always been my favorite Jazz Guitarist,and like Wes I also only use Fingers and no pick although I can't blow thur the octave lines like he could but I'll never stop trying.Thanks for a wonderful share Brother this completes my Wes Montgomery file,so cool.......
Rick :-)

frankovic said...

You just can't find any guitarist with a sweeter tone than Wes'..
thanks for the upload.

Anonymous said...



michelaccio said...

Hi, Melanchthon

Thanks for all these Wes posts

but the link for the artwork is dead

please, re-up it



michelaccio said...

Hi, Melanchthon

I try to do some request for other Wes...
hoping that someone have

• Complete Recordings With Lionel Hampton
(Definitive 2-CD)

• Dangerous
(Milestone MCD 9298-2)

• Other Sessions At The Half Note 1965
(All Blues (J) ABR-010)



Melanchthon said...

New link for the artwork

michelaccio said...


Thank you very much for the artwork

I have found something similar to "Other Sessions At The Half Note 1965" on DIME

If you want it, e-mail me at



michelaccio said...

Hey, Melanchthon

I need the passphrase for extract the files

ciao, Gianni

Peter said...

I'm going to try album 1. Perhaps I am prejudiced against Wes because of the syrupy string backgrounds and flabby arrangements, but he could certainly play.

"Four on Six" is still my favourite Wes track - a simple quartet, with Tootie, Flanagan and Chambers if I remember rightly. A great combination, playing intricate soulful jazz.

But I am sure there will be some gems here.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade.

Herve said...

Thank You Melanchthon, from a very old follower!!! I am amazing you still survive!!! All my love

Otis Foster said...

thnx melanchthon

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi, I like so much Wes Montgomery. Thank you very much

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

once again: Thank you very much for sharing!

Musrafak said...

Muchas gracias, Don Mel

Historicus said...

Great recordings, thanks a lot!

Otis Foster said...

melanchthon, I only had part of this release, didn't realize it till I saw your share. Thanks as always

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Kovina Kris said...

Wes is another of those guys for whom every album is desirable. Thank you so much!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!