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Wes Montgomery - The Classic Recordings 1960-1962

Wes Montgomery - The Classic Recordings 1960-1962


In 1959 Montgomery was signed to the Riverside Records label, and remained there until late 1963, just before the company went bankrupt. The recordings made during this period are widely considered by fans and jazz historians to be Montgomery's best and most influential. Two sessions in January 1960 yielded the record, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, which was recorded as a quartet with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. The album featured two of Montgomery's best known compositions, Four on Six" and "West Coast Blues." This album is included on the first volume of this 2 x 4 CD series, The Complete Recordings 1958 1960.
Almost all of Montgomery's output on Riverside featured the guitarist in a small group setting, usually a trio (and always with his organist from his Indianapolis days, Melvin Rhyne), a quartet, or a quintet, playing a mixture of hard-swinging uptempo jazz numbers and quiet ballads.

On the morning of June 15, 1968, while at home in Indianapolis, Montgomery awoke and remarked to his wife that he didn't feel well. He soon collapsed, dying of a heart attack within minutes. Only 45 years old at the time, Montgomery had just returned from a tour with his quintet and was at the height of his fame, having attained a degree of popular acceptance that few jazz artists in that era achieved. Montgomery's home town of Indianapolis later named a park in his honor.

Tracklist:
 
DISC 1
 
1 Ursula 7:06
2 Klactoveedsedstene 9:58
3 Don't Explain 4:53
4 West Coast Blues 6:01
5 Terrain 7:46
6 Compulsion 6:49
7 Work Song 4:15
8 Pretty Memory 3:54
9 I've Got A Crush On You 2:56
10 Mean To Me 5:01
11 Fallout 4:55
12 Sack Of Woe 4:28
13 My Heart Stood Still 6:26
14 Violets For Your Furs 3:49
15 Scrambled Eggs 3:19
 
Time: 81.36
 
DISC 2
 
1  Back To Back 6:38
2 Groove Yard 2:57
3 If I Should Lose You 5:39
4 Delirium 3:36
5 Just For Now 4:45
6 Doujie 4:34
7 Heart Strings 4:29
8 Remember 5:35
9 Jeannine 4:07
10 Snowfall 6:41
11 Angel Eyes 6:21
12 Barbados 2:27
13 And This Is My Beloved 6:13
14 This Love Of Mine 3:46
15 On Green Dolphin Street 4:27
16 You Don't Know What Love Is 6:20
17 Beaux Arts 4:18
 
Time: 82:53
 
DISC 3
 
1 Twisted Blues 5:38
2 Cotton Tail 3:42
3 I Wish I Knew 5:32
4 I'm Just A Lucky So And So 5:58
5 Repetition 3:55
6 Something Like Bags 4:49
7 While We're Young 2:20
8 One For My Baby 7:41
9 Love Walked In 3:40
10 Love For Sale 3:31
11 No Hard Feelings 3:48
12 Enchanted 3:38
13  Stranger In Paradise 4:51
14 The Lamp Is Low 2:17
15 Double Deal 3:48
16 And Then I Wrote 3:18
17 Darn That Dream 4:20
18 Lois Ann 3:11
19 Mambo In Chimes 2:29
 
Time: 78:45
 
DISC 4
 
1 S.K.J.  5:07
2 Stablemates 5:48
3 Stairway To The Stars 3:40
4 Blue Roz 4:48
5 Sam’s Sack 6:04
6 Full House 9:12
7 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 3:29
8 Blue 'N' Boogie 9:37
9 Cariba 9:39
10 Come Rain Or Come Shine 6:57
11 S.O.S 5:03
12 Born To Be Blue 7:23
 
Time: 76:46
 
 
Total time: 320 min
 



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