Wes Montgomery – Bumpin´ (1965)

FrontCover1.jpgBumpin’ is an album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery that was released in 1965. It reached number 116 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was Montgomery’s first album to reach the charts.

Taking the listener on a smoother, rather than bumpier, ride down the moonlight highway of jazz is Wes Montgomery, a chief architect of the world’s guitar virtuoso scene. Not only is his brilliant command of the six-string present here, so is the vivid color tones of notes and blue notes played between. Backed up by a hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing orchestra conducted and arranged by Don Sebesky, the music almost lifts the listener off his feet into a dreamy, water-like landscape. The atmosphere is serene and enchanting, such as a romantic evening for two under starlight, and certainly a romantic eve merits the accompaniment of this record. The sounds are soft, smooth, and silky, and Montgomery addresses full leadership of his graceful melodic style, fronting close to 20 members of a orchestra perhaps best described resonant and sweeping. So too are the sweeping note flows of Montgomery’s guitar, and his surprising fluidness towards the art of comping, a necessary trait of the jazz guitar virtuoso. Even the unforgettable Jim Hall can be tickled and intrigued through a listen of these influential records, as for all amateur and professional guitar musicians. “A Quiet Thing” is perhaps the most somber, peaceful, and smooth piece on the record, demonstrating Montgomery’s love of quiet, and how much the idea of not playing at all brings music to the listeners.

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The charming sounds of orchestral violas, violins, cellos, and harp are sent ablaze to create a pleasant atmosphere, either for a quick morning get up, get ready for work, or evening dining setting. “Here’s That Rainy Day” is an up-tempo bossa nova tune that resonates with Montgomery’s enticing chordal changes and blissful phrasing, not to mention the blend of harp and strings lays the groundwork for a perfect rainy day inside, with drops pattering at the windows and fires aglow. The recording engineer did a wonderful job with this album. The sound quality is clear and lush, and, overall, this collection of mid-’60s cool jazz is a delight to listen too, once and again. (by Shawn M. Haney)


Candido Camero (percission)
Bob Cranshaw (bass)
Roger Kellaway (piano)
Helcio Milito (drums)
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
Margaret Ross (harp)
Grady Tate (drums)
string section:
Harold Coletta (viola)
Arnold Eidus (violin)
Lewis Eley (violin)
Paul Gershman (violin)
Louis Haber (violin)
Julius Held (violin)
Harry Lookofsky (violin)
Joseph Malignaggi (violin)
Charles McCracken (cello)
Gene Orloff (violin)
George Ricci (violin, cello)
David Schwartz (viola)
Sol Shapiro (violin)

01. Bumpin’ (Montgomery) 6.51
02. Tear It Down (Montgomery) 3.15
03. A Quiet Thing (Ebb/Kander) 3.31
04. Con Alma (Gillespie) 3.24
05. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Mandel/Webster) 2.19
06. Mi Cosa (Montgomery) 3.22
07. Here’s That Rainy Day (Burke/Van Heusen) 5.00
08. Musty (Sebesky) 4.16
09. Just Walkin’ (uncredited) 2.59
10. My One and Only Love (Mellin/Wood) 4.09
1. Just Walkin’ (uncredited – alternate take) 3.37



Wes Montgomery – Guitar On The Go (1963)

FrontCover1.jpgGuitar on the Go is the eleventh album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1963. It included tracks recorded in October and November 1963 as well as two from early 1959 sessions. It was Montgomery’s last principal release for Riverside and he subsequently moved to the Verve label.[1]Guitar on the Go is the eleventh album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1963. It included tracks recorded in October and November 1963 as well as two from early 1959 sessions. It was Montgomery’s last principal release for Riverside and he subsequently moved to the Verve label. (by wikipedia)

The final Riverside release of Wes Montgomery material (before the important label went completely bankrupt) was similar to his debut four years earlier: a trio with organist Melvin Rhyne and an obscure drummer (this time George Brown). In general, the music swings hard (particularly the two versions of “The Way You Look Tonight”), and is a worthy if not essential addition to Wes Montgomery’s discography. He would have a few straight-ahead dates for Verve, but this release was really the end of an era. (by Scott Yanow)

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George Brown (drums)
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
Melvin Rhyne (organ)
Paul Parker (drums on 04.)

01. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern/Fields) 9.08
02. Dreamsville (Evans/Livingston/Mancini) 3.48
03. Geno (Montgomery) 2.54
04. Missile Blues (Montgomery) 6.01
05. For All We Know (Coots/Lewis) 4.30
06. Fried Pies (Montgomery) 6.40


Various Artists – Beatles vs. Stones – British Pop Hits Go Groovy (2010)

FrontCover1Part of Verve’s Jazz Club series, Beatles vs. Stones collects 18 songs (nine apiece) from the two British Invasion icons, all of which arrive in the form of covers performed by the likes of Count Basie (“Michelle”), Shake Keane with the Ivor Raymonde Orchestra (“As Tears Go By”), Oscar Peterson (“Yesterday”), and Caetano Veloso (“Let It Bleed”).

Appropriately budget-priced, the concept is pure novelty, but hearing the jazz elite interpret some of the most famous rock & roll songs in history is almost worth the small change. (by James Christopher Monger)

Booklet12010 collection of cover versions of Beatles and Stones classics performed by the Jazz elite. The JAZZ CLUB series is an attractive addition to the Verve catalogue. With its modern design and popular choice of repertoire, the JAZZ CLUB is not only opened for Jazz fans, but for everyone that loves good music. This collection includes tracks performed by Count Basie, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, Sergio Mendes and many others. (by cduniverse.com)



01. Count Basie: Michelle (1966) 2.46
02. Wes Montgomery: Eleanor Rigby (1967) 3.07
03. Wills Jackson: A Hard Days Night (1965) 5.37
04. Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66: With A Little Help From My Friends (1970) 2.33
05. Monty Alexander: Let It Be (1970) 3.42
06. Oscar Peterson: Yesterday (1970) 4.04
07. Gerry Mulligan: Can t Buy Me Love (1965) 3.38
08. Ella Fitzgerald: Hey Jude (1969) 3.52
09. George Benson: Because/Come Together (1969) 7.26

All songs written by John Lennon + Paul McCartney

10. The Andrew Oldham Orchestra: Blue Turns To Grey (1966) 2.55
11. Kai Winding: Time Is On My Side (1963) 3.12
12. Shake Keane w. The Ivor Raymonde Orchestra: As Tears Go By (1968) 3.09
13. Ted Heath & His Music: Honky Tonk Women (1969) 3.23
14. Rotary Connection feat. Minnie Ripperton: The Salt Of The Earth (1969) 4.59
15. Barbara Dennerlein: Satisfaction (1999) 5.21
16. Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra: Jumpin Jack Flash (1968) 2.32
17. Cal Tjader: Gimme Shelter (1995) 2.55
18. Caetano Veloso: Let It Bleed (1968) 3.22

All songs written by Mick Hagger + Keith Richards

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Wes Montgomery – California Dreaming (1966)

FrontCover1California Dreaming is the sixteenth jazz album recorded by guitarist Wes Montgomery and released in 1966. It reached number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart and number 4 on the R&B chart. It was reissued on CD in 2007 with an alternate take of “Sunny”. (by wikipedia)

Wes Montgomery’s last album for Verve (other than an exciting collaboration with Jimmy Smith) is a so-so orchestral date featuring arrangements by Don Sebesky. The material (which includes “Sunny” and “California Dreaming”) is strictly pop fluff of the era and the great guitarist has little opportunity to do much other than state the melody in his trademark octaves. This record was perfect for AM radio of the period.  (by Scott Yanow)

Wayne Andre (trombone)
Ray Barretto (percussion)
Raymond Beckenstein (flute, piccolo, saxophone)
James Buffington (french horn)
Don Butterfield (tuba)
Al Casamenti (guitar)
Mel Davis (trumpet)
Richard Davis (bass)
Bernie Glow (trumpet)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Jack Jennings (castanets, scratching, vibraphone)
Johnny Messner (trombone)
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet)
Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar)
Grady Tate (drums)
Bill Watrous (trombone)
Stan Webb (clarinet, english horn, saxophone)

01. California Dreaming (J.Phillips/M.Phillips) 3.08
02. Sun Down (Montgomery) 6.03
03. Oh, You Crazy Moon (Van Heusen/Burke) 3.44
04. More, More, Amor (Lake) 2.54
05. Without You (Marino/Myers) 3.05
06. Winds Of Barcelona (Lake) 3.07
07. Sunny (alternate take) (Hebb) 3.07
08. Sunny (Hebb) 4.04
09. Green Peppers (Lake) 2.56
10. Mr. Walker (Montgomery) 3.39
11. South Of The Border (Kennedy/Carr) 3.13