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Impressions: Verve Jazz Sides

Wes MontgomeryAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. West Coast BluesWes Montgomery 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. CaravanWes Montgomery 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Twisted BluesWes Montgomery 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Golden EarringsWes Montgomery 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Naptown BluesWes Montgomery 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sun DownWes Montgomery 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. MilestonesJimmy Smith 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 'Round MidnightJimmy Smith 7:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mellow Mood (Album Version)Jimmy Smith 8:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. James And WesJimmy Smith 8:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. OGD (Road Song)Jimmy Smith 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Wives And LoversWes Montgomery 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Portrait Of JennyWes Montgomery 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Surrey With The Fringe On TopWes Montgomery 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Surrey With The Fringe On TopWynton Kelly Trio 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Unit 7Wynton Kelly Trio 6:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Four On SixWynton Kelly Trio 6:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What's New?Wynton Kelly Trio 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. No BluesWynton Kelly Trio12:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. If You Could See Me NowWynton Kelly Trio 8:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Willow Weep For MeWes Montgomery 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. ImpressionsWes Montgomery 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Oh, You Crazy MoonWes Montgomery 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Four On SixWes Montgomery 9:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. MistyWes Montgomery 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046TP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Guitarist Wes Montgomery grew up in a musical family with brothers Monk (bass) and Buddy (piano/vibes). All three musicians were self-taught, and recorded together as the Montgomery Brothers, but Wes would go on to the greatest success. The guitarist had crossed over to pop by the time of his death, after a heart attack, at age 43. The Verve material collects later Montgomery sides, one disc of OK studio recordings with sidemen including Jerome Richardson, Phil Woods, and Danny Bank on various wind instruments, and Donald Byrd, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, and Joe Newman on trumpets. The second CD is the keeper, the complete Smokin' at the Half Note sessions with the Wynton Kelly trio. --John Swenson

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect Wes starter kit March 31, 2000
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Despite Wes's extraordinary abilities, his recordings are somewhat inconsistent; in particular, his later albums were more pop than jazz, and largely obscured his genius. Wes recorded both jazz and pop records for Verve, and on this collection they wisely acknowledge the difference, assembling his best jazz work for them on on extremely well thought-out and organized collection, the best one I know of; this is the one I make all my students get. If you like this and want more, work backwards to his Riverside titles, such as Introducing Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of... (anything with organ on it smokes) and avoid the recordings with pop tunes and slick orchestras (later Verve, anything on A&M).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of "Smokin' at the Half Note" and more December 29, 2002
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First, I must say that this 2cd set is the absolute best introduction for anyone interested in traditional jazz guitar itself or Wes Montgomery, one of its greatest practitioners.
This 2cd set contains all of the album "Smokin' at the Half Note" (on disc #2) which is, in my opinion, the best live Wes Montgomery album. It also contains bonus tracks from that session, which are NOT available on the single cd, or anywhere else to my knowledge.
In addition, the first disc contains a varied sampling of Wes Montgomery's studio recordings on the Verve label. Some people contend that many of Wes' studio recordings went somewhat commercial during his Verve period and are therfore not quite as good as his earlier recordings.
I agree.
But, his studio recordings, even in this period, are not bad at all, and in fact, the ones offered in this set are quite good. The first disc offers a sampling of small group recordings and big band recordings, all of which are very good and offer some of the best from this period.
I belive Wes' earlier Riverside recordings are his best "straight ahead" jazz recordings overall, but the selections on the first disc of this set are really the best of his later studio recordings. They're definitely worth a listen, and I really feel it offers the very best selection of Wes' Verve studio recordings.
But, again, the jewel of this set is disc #2. On this disc you get ALL of Wes' best live album "Smokin' at the Half Note", AND you get quite a few great bonus cuts from this live session. Particularly great is the short but smokin' version of John Coltrane's "Impressions", not available on other releases.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Wes Montgomery had one very good reason for letting Verve move him toward a more orchestral pop delivery of jazz beginning in 1964: he had a sizeable family to feed and, like it or not, pure jazz just didn't pay the bills any longer. That didn't prevent him from producing some incandescent music regardless, if only because his playing style was so complete, so personal, and so incapable of shunting emotion to the side, that he transcended the sometimes syrupy arrangements through which he had to navigate. In the end, he really didn't compromise too much of his soul, and if you consider just how sappy most of what came to be called MOR (middle of the road) in the mid-1960s had already been, Montgomery's odd union of MOR and jazz was really a refreshment.
Still, Verve didn't imprison him entirely - Montgomery got plentiful chances to blow, and blow he could and did. And here's the prime samplings of those blowings in the Verve/A & M years in one very powerful introduction. (You'll be tempted, once you've been hit between the eyes by the bristling lyricism with which he attacks "Caravan," to seek out the album from whence it came, the broodingly joyous "Movin' Wes".) The real treat: the complete recordings from the dates with the Wynton Kelly Trio that produced the remarkable "Smokin' At The Half Note". Montgomery and the Kelly unit play as though they were made for each other, the rhythm section almost galloping their way through the sets as Montgomery and Kelly play like a pair of long-lost soul brothers. If you're new to Wes Montgomery, here is a terrific place to begin. And once you do, don't be afraid to spend the money you're likely to spend on getting your hands on every one of his regulation albums. When Ralph J.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good An Overview As Any June 23, 2001
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the world of Wes Montgomery--or jazz guitar in general--then this is a good one to start with. This covers a broad range of his work, and clearly illustrates why he was arguably the single most influential jazz guitarist of the latter half of the 20th century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you want to learn how to play guitar... January 2, 2011
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...listen to Wes Montgomery."

Frank Zappa fans will recognize that famous quote, and he was right. I'd add Joe Pass, Les Paul, Chet Atkins and Kenny Burrell to the list, but if you want to learn how to play the guitar...or simply listen to it for enjoyment...this is an absolutely essential purchase.

Wes popularized the "octaves" playing style..."the harmonic combination of two tones an octave apart," if you'd like the short and sweet Merriam-Webster definition. It gave his playing a distinctive ring, a depth, that has been so widely imitated that if you've never heard his playing before, you might be shocked to realize how many players, both skilled and unskilled, took his pioneering approach and ran with it. In every genre of music, all roads eventually lead back to a handful of supremely gifted Wes.

There were "traditional" periods in Montgomery's career, and there were "commercial" periods. The commercial stuff obviously sold well...that's why it could be called "commercial"...but jazz purists weren't that pleased. The flip side of that is that most consumers of music who are not jazz purists really don't care what jazz purists think...they just listen to music they like and don't fret over the labels. Look at the heat Miles Davis took for being a musical chameleon from 1955-1975, his peak Columbia years, which began with Round About Midnight and ended with Get Up With It...can you imagine what his music would have sounded like if he'd simply stood still for two decades? And don't even get me started with John Coltrane...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete "Smokin' at the Half Note"
The best way to get the entire Wes "Smokin' at the Half Note", with the Wynton Kelly Trio. And some other nice tracks don't hurt.
Published 11 months ago by Jill Askren
5.0 out of 5 stars The One I've Been Looking For
For a long time I've felt that Wes' "Full House" rather than "Smokin at the Half Note" was his best album because it was a complete live performance of some of his very best... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Denny
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I didn't realize that some of these were Wes M tunes.... Great stuff, get it!... Classic jazz, soulful, hip ....
Published 17 months ago by Daniel Halperin
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Jazz!
Pat Metheny calls this "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made". And that's enough for me! Smokin' at the Half Note
Published on October 15, 2009 by Ionescu Sorin Lucian
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value for money jazz
If you are a jazz fan then you cannot go wrong here.
Most often, jazz cds have only a few good tracks,but there are no poor tracks on this CD. Read more
Published on October 10, 2007 by Jc Mahne
5.0 out of 5 stars To all snobbish Wes Montgomery fans:
I take exception to those who say, "his later albums are more pop than jazz and therefore, not as good. Read more
Published on April 29, 2002 by Frank Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular
i have a collection of 400 jazz albums and i listen to this one about three times per week-you will love it
Published on November 5, 1998
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