Personnel includes: Wes Montgomery (guitar), Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Phil Woods.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of the Verve Jazz Masters series.
Contains 14 tracks.
Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar); Al Casamenti, Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Lewis Eley, Julius Held, Joseph Malignaggi, Sol Shapiro, Arnold Eidus, Joseph Malin, Louis Haber, Bernard Eichen, Gene Orloff, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky (violin); David Schwartz , Harold Coletta (viola); Abe Kessler, Charles McCracken , Harvey Shapiro , George Ricci (cello); Danny Bank (flute, alto flute, reeds); Raymond Beckenstein (flute, piccolo, reeds); Bob Ashton (flute, reeds); Phil Woods (flute, alto saxophone); Stanley Webb (English horn, reeds); Walter Kane, Jerome Richardson (reeds); Clark Terry, Danny Moore, Donald Byrd, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Mel Davis , Snooky Young, Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); James Buffington (French horn); Johnny Messner, Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, Urbie Green, Wayne Andre, Bill Watrous, Tony Studd, Chauncey Welsch (trombone); Harvey Phillips, Don Butterfield (tuba); Herbie Hancock, Wynton Kelly, Roger Kellaway, Bobby Scott (piano); Jack Jennings (vibraphone, castanets, scratches); George Devens (vibraphone); Sol Gubin, Grady Tate, H‚lcio Milito, Jimmy Cobb (drums); Candido Camero (congas, bongos); Ray Barretto (congas, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.
Liner Note Author: Kenny Washington.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/??/1964-09/16/1966); Half Note, New York, NY (11/??/1964-09/16/1966); New York, NY (11/??/1964-09/16/1966).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Joseph Malignaggi; Oliver Nelson.
Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Don Sebesky; Johnny Pate; Oliver Nelson.
Shedding the temptation of bop purist revisionism that creeps into most assessments of Wes Montgomery, this Verve Jazz Masters volume gives newcomers a good cross-section of his Verve recordings: the orchestral Wes along with the small-group Wes. The sequencing, though out of chronological order, is quite clever and musical. Someone who has never heard Montgomery before will be drawn in most enticingly with his brief yet unforgettably catchy hit with Oliver Nelson, "Goin' Out of My Head." That is followed by the burnin' "Impressions" with the Wynton Kelly Trio live at the Half Note, which in turn gives way to a luscious Bumpin' outtake with strings, "My One and Only Love" and the Latin-grooving "Tequila," and the sequence rolls on smoothly and with considerable diversity from there. There are omissions -- nothing from the two albums with Jimmy Smith, nothing from the A&M catalog (which Verve's parent corporation, PolyGram, owns and could have easily drawn from). But one can still get an idea of how Montgomery's awesome technical facilities and magical melodic touch dazzled the musicians and wooed the general public of his time. If you don't watch yourself, buying this CD might lead to a full-blown Wes Montgomery addiction. ~ Richard S. Ginell