Verve Jazz Masters 14

Verve Jazz Masters 14

by Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery




Shedding the temptation of bop purist revisionism that creeps into most assessments of Wes Montgomery, this Verve Jazz Masters volume gives newcomers a good cross-section of his Verve recordings: the orchestral Wes along with the small-group Wes. The sequencing, though out of chronological order, is quite clever and musical. Someone who has never heard Montgomery before will be drawn in most enticingly with his brief yet unforgettably catchy hit with Oliver Nelson, "Goin' Out of My Head." That is followed by the burnin' "Impressions" with the Wynton Kelly Trio live at the Half Note, which in turn gives way to a luscious Bumpin' outtake with strings, "My One and Only Love" and the Latin-grooving "Tequila," and the sequence rolls on smoothly and with considerable diversity from there. There are omissions -- nothing from the two albums with Jimmy Smith, nothing from the A&M catalog (which Verve's parent corporation, PolyGram, owns and could have easily drawn from). But one can still get an idea of how Montgomery's awesome technical facilities and magical melodic touch dazzled the musicians and wooed the general public of his time. If you don't watch yourself, buying this CD might lead to a full-blown Wes Montgomery addiction.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/1994
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451982620
catalogNumber: 519826

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Urbie Green   Trombone
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Johnny Messner   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Bob Ashton   Flute,Reeds
Danny Bank   Flute,Reeds,Alto Flute
Raymond Beckenstein   Flute,Reeds,Piccolo
James Buffington   French Horn
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Candido Camero   Bongos,Conga
Casamenti   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
Harold Coletta   Viola
George Devens   Vibes
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bernard Eichen   Violin
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Lewis Eley   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Emanuel Green   Violin
Sol Gubin   Drums
Louis Haber   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Jack Jennings   scratching,Castanets,Vibes
Walter Kane   Reeds
Joseph Malignaggi   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
Charles McCracken   Cello
Hélcio Milito   Drums
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Gene Orloff   Violin
George Ricci   Cello
Margaret Ross   Harp
David Schwartz   Viola
Bobby Scott   Piano
Harvey Shapiro   Cello
Tony Studd   Trombone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Phil Woods   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Danny Moore   Trumpet
Stanley Webb   Reeds,English Horn
Sol Shapiro   Violin
Abe Kessler   Cello
Harvey E. Phillips   Tuba

Technical Credits

Oliver Nelson   Arranger,Contributor
Kenny Washington   Liner Notes
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Joseph Malignaggi   Contributor
Creed Taylor   Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Christina Lage   Art Direction
Étsuko Iseki   Art Direction
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction

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