Wes Montgomery The Artistry of Wes Montgomery
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- Released: November 13, 1991
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Fantasy
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Personnel: Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell (guitar), Margaret Rose (harp), Gene Orloff, Harry Lookofsky, David Nadien, Winston Collymore, Mac Ceppos, Sam Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Paul Winter, Isadore Zir (violins), Burt Fisch, Ralph Hersh (violas), Kermit Moore, Lucien Schmit (cellos), Phil Bodner (woodwinds), Harold Land, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone), Joe Gordon (trumpet), Melvin Rhyne (organ), Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Victor Feldman, Buddy Montgomery, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Dick Hyman (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath, Sam Jones, Monk Montgomery, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Milt Hinton (bass), Paul Parker, Albert Heath, Louis Hayes, Bobby Thomas, Lex Humphries, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Osie Johnson, George Brown (drums), Ray Barretto (congas).
Engineers: Ray Fowler, Jack Higgins, Wally Heider.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios and Reeves Sound Studios, New York City; United Recording Studios, Los Angeles; and live at Tsubo's, Berkeley, California.
Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Margaret Rose (harp); Winston Collymore, Paul Winter , Sylvan Shulman, Mac Ceppos, Samuel Rand, Isadore Zir, David Nadien, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Ralph Hersh, Burt Fisch (viola); Lucien Schmit, Kermit Moore (cello); Phil Bodner (woodwinds); Harold Land, Johnny Griffin (tenor saxophone); Joe Gordon (trumpet); Victor Feldman, Dick Hyman, Hank Jones , Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris , Wynton Kelly, Buddy Montgomery (piano); Melvin Rhyne (organ); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); George Brown , Bobby Thomas, Jimmy Cobb , Paul Parker , Albert "Tootie" Heath, Lex Humphries, Louis Hayes, Osie Johnson, Philly Joe Jones (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Ed Michel.
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Photographer: Jim Marshall .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Victor Feldman; Jimmy Cobb ; Johnny Griffin; Louis Hayes; Milt Hinton; Milt Jackson; Monk Montgomery; Paul Chambers; Percy Heath; Philly Joe Jones; Ron Carter ; Sam Jones; Tommy Flanagan; Barry Harris ; Wynton Kelly; Buddy Montgomery.
Arranger: Jimmy Jones .
Since the bulk of Montgomery's greatest recordings were made for Riverside, this collection could have been better, but there's nothing about this disc that suggests it's intended to be definitive. Instead, it mixes a few of the guitarist's most famous performances ("Four on Six") with classic album tracks ("Cariba") and some downright obscure material ("Klact-Oveeseds-Tene") that was previously available only on The Complete Riverside Recordings box. It's not bad, really, although fans will find nearly all of Montgomery's Riverside albums worth exploring on their own. ~ Jim Smith
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