Bags Meets Wes! with Milt Jackson (Riverside, 1962). Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo with Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1966). Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes with Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1969). Kismet, The Mastersounds (World Pacific, 1958). A Good Git-Together, Jon Hendricks (World Pacific, 1959). Work Song, Nat Adderley (Riverside, 1960). West Coast Blues!, Harold Land (Jazzland, 1960). Cannonball Adderley and the Poll Winners, Cannonball Adderley (Riverside, 1960).
Small Group Recordings. This double LP contains the very best recordings that guitarist Wes Montgomery recorded for Verve. Actually most of these performances originally came out with woodwinds and brass arranged by Claus Ogerman added so as to make the music more commercial but fortunately the overdubs were tossed out for this reissue. For nearly the last time in his career, Montgomery got a chance to stretch out with a very complementary trio (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb) and he really digs into the nine standards (which include his "Four on Six").
Monk Montgomery, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery - Montgomeryland (Pacific Jazz PJ-5). Wes, Buddy And Monk Montgomery (Pacific Jazz PJ-17). The 44 Instruments Of Roy Harte And Milt Holland - Perfect Percussion (World Pacific WP-1405). The Mastersounds - Kismet (World Pacific PJ-1243). Wes Montgomery Featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio - One Night In Indy (Resonance Records HCD-2018). The Wes Montgomery Trio (Riverside RLP 12-310). Wes Montgomery - The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside 12RCD-4408-2). Wes Montgomery - Movin' Along (Riverside RLP 342). Wes Montgomery - Encores (Milestone M-9110). The Montgomery Brothers - Groove Yard (Riverside RLP 362). Wes Montgomery - So Much Guitar! (Riverside RLP 382).
John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. Montgomery was known for an unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his thumb which granted him a distinctive sound. He often worked with his brothers Buddy and Monk and with organist Jimmy Smith.
Learn about and follow jazz musician Wes Montgomery (Guitar) at All About Jazz. George Benson, in the liner notes of the Ultimate Wes Montgomery album, wrote that Wes had a corn on his thumb, which gave his sound that point. He would get one sound for the soft parts, and then that point by using the corn. Almost all of Montgomery's output on Riverside featured the guitarist in a small group setting, usually a quartet or quintet, playing a mixture of hard- swinging uptempo jazz numbers and quiet ballads. In 1964 Montgomery moved to Verve Records for two years. His stay at Verve yielded a number of albums where he was featured with an orchestra, and during this period Montgomery's music started to shift in to the territory of pop music.
|A2||Willow Weep For Me|
|B1||If You Could See Me Now|
|B3||Portrait Of Jennie|
|C2||Four On Six|
|D1||James And Wes|
- Artwork By [Cover] – John Collier
- Artwork By [Director] – Beverley Parker
- Bass – Paul Chambers (tracks: A1 to C3)
- Drums – Grady Tate (tracks: D1, D2), Jimmy Cobb (tracks: A1 to C3)
- Engineer [Reissue] – Edwin Outwater
- Guitar – Wes Montgomery
- Liner Notes – Chris Albertson
- Mastered By – Robert Ludwig*
- Organ – Jimmy Smith (tracks: D1, D2)
- Percussion – Ray Baretto* (tracks: D1, D2)
- Piano – Wynton Kelly (tracks: A1 to C3)
- Producer [Original] – Creed Taylor (tracks: A1, B1, C1 to D2), Esmond Edwards (tracks: A2, B2 to B4)
NotesA1 to B4 recorded live at The Half Note, New York City May/June 1965.
|VE-2-2513||Wes Montgomery||The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Promo)||Verve Records||VE-2-2513||US||1976|
|2610 032||Wes Montgomery||The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Gat)||Verve Records||2610 032||France||1976|
|2610 032||Wes Montgomery||The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp)||Verve Records||2610 032||Australia||1976|
|2632 064||Wes Montgomery||The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Gat)||Verve Records||2632 064||UK||1976|
|2632 064 A, 2367 279||Wes Montgomery||The Small Group Recordings (2xLP, Comp, Gat)||Verve Records, Verve Records||2632 064 A, 2367 279||Italy||1976|