The celebrated performances here, among the first that Wes Montgomery recorded, come from 1958 and 1959, but acclaim for the guitarist shouldnt diminish the impact of the other Montgomery Brothers - the skillful Buddy at the piano, and the steady, driving Monk on electric bass, not to mention the men on the other dates. Harold Land, whose robustly inventive tenor contrasts beautifully with the guitarists more gentle conception, is second only to him in solo honors. The other horn in this set is the spare, direct and eloquent alto sax of Pony Poindexter, a player steeped in the jazz tradition.
After Wes Montgomery died in 1968 at the age of 43, producer Dick Bock reissued some of the tracks from these sessionsin some cases edited within the framework of a brass or a string section to add colour to the proceedings. They were created and arranged by Gerald Wilson, who did his best to support Montgomery, whose guitar wends like a golden thread through the music.
Total time: 76:08 min.
01. Far Wes (Montgomery) 5:54
02. Leila (Montgomery) 3:30
03. Old Folks (Hill-Robinson) 6:35
04. Wes Tune (Montgomery) 4:11
05. Hymn for Carl (Land) 4:37
06. Montgomeryland Funk (Montgomery) 4:00
07. Stompin at the Savoy (Goodman-Razaf-Sampson-Webb) 4:23
08. Far Wes (Montgomery) 4:05
09. Leila (Montgomery) 3:29
10. Old Folks (Hill-Robinson) 3:42
11. Montgomeryland Funk (Montgomery) 4:15
12. Summertime (G. & I. Gershwin-Heyward) 4:52
13. Monks Shop (Montgomery) 3:56
14. Falling In Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart) 6:20
15. Renie (Montgomery) 3:38
16. Summertime (G. & I. Gershwin-Heyward) 3:46
17. Falling In Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart) 4:52
Tracks #1-4 & 12-15 from the Pacific Jazz album "Montgomeryland" (Stereo PJ-5)
Tracks #5-7 from the Pacific Jazz album "Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery" (PJ-17)
Tracks #8-11 & 16-17 from the World Pacific album "A Portrait of Wes Montgomery" (ST-20137)
Personnel on #1-7:
Harold Land (ts), Buddy Montgomery (p), Wes Montgomery (g), Monk Montgomery (el-b), and Tony Bazley (d).
Recorded at Forum Theater, Los Angeles, April 24, 1958
Personnel on #8-11:
Same as above plus horns (#8,9,11), and strings (#10) overdubbed. Gerald Wilson (arr & cond).
Personnel on #12-15:
Pony Poindexter (as), Buddy Montgomery (p), Wes Montgomery (g), Monk Montgomery (eb), and Louis Hayes (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1, 1959
Personnel on #16-17:
Same as above except Pony Poindexter out in #16 plus strings overdubbed. Gerald Wilson (arr & cond).
Overdubbed horns included:
Johnny Audino, Larry McGuire, Alex Rodríguez, Jerome Rusch (tp), Frank Strong, Lester Robertson, Thurman Green (tb), Mike Wimberly (b-tb).
Recorded in Los Angeles, on July 30, 1968
Overdubbed strings included:
Israel Baker, Leonard Malarsky, George Poole, Jan Glinka (violins), Edgar Lustgarten, Ray Kelley (cellos), Robert Ostrowsky (viola).
Recorded in Los Angeles, on July 31, 1968
Original recordings produced by Dick Bock
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered