Personnel includes: Wes Montgomery, James Clay, Victor Feldman, Wynton Kelly, Buddy Montgomery, Milt Jackson, Monk Montgomery, Sam Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Thomas, Louis Hayes.
Recorded in 1960 and 1961.
Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar, bass guitar); James Clay (flute, tenor saxophone, piano); Buddy Montgomery (piano, vibraphone); Victor Feldman, Stan Tracey, Wynton Kelly (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Bobby Thomas, Louis Hayes, Philly Joe Jones, Ronny Stephenson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Leslie Tomkins; Derek Everett; Jim Ferguson .
Recording information: Plaza Sound Studios, N.Y.C., NY (10/12/1960-12/19/1961); Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England (10/12/1960-12/19/1961); United Studios, L.A., CA (10/12/1960-12/19/1961).
Photographers: David Redfern; William Claxton.
In the wake of its massive The Complete Riverside Recordings box, Fantasy rounded up 13 of the 16 newly released Wes Montgomery outtakes from that set, added a few stray alternates from earlier LP issues, and produced a pair of intelligently programmed CDs that prove just how staggeringly gifted an improviser Montgomery was. Arranged in chronological order, Volume One opens with three alternate takes from the somewhat overlooked "Movin' Along" album, continues with two versions of "Doujie" -- one with Buddy Montgomery on vibes instead of piano -- from Groove Yard, and concludes with four from Bags Meets Wes. Everything is worth hearing, for Wes hardly ever misses, and the few times where he does -- as in the second chorus of "Blue Roz" -- are canceled out by marvelous newly revealed passages. Indeed, the solo on "Movin' Along" is more beautiful than that on the take Wes approved, and the different, extended, octave-rich tag on "So Do It" is wonderful (too bad producer Orrin Keepnews audibly cuts in and stops the music). The Bags Meets Wes outtakes have the advantage of the crack Philly Joe Jones/Sam Jones/Wynton Kelly rhythm section, as well as an inspired Milt Jackson on vibes. ~ Richard S. Ginell