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



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