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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B00005GWJS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Airegin
2. D-Natural Blues
3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
4. Four On Six
5. West Coast Blues
6. In Your Own Sweet Way
7. Mister Walker
8. Gone With The Wind

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Part of the 'masters of Jazz: The History Series 1949-1969'. 20 Bit Digitally Remastered.

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Wes even does a great job at Gone With The Wind.
Chris Covais
This is my favorite Jazz Guitar album and one that I've had for some time, first on a cassette that I got from my brother and eventually on CD.
Roger Berlind
Every song is great, the band is great, and I like the sound of his guitar better than a lot of his others.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on May 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As the very useful liner notes to this release point out, this 1960 recording was a bit of a coming-out party for Montgomery, arguably the best and most influential jazz guitarist of the last half century. The title is not hyperbole; the guitar playing here is indeed incredible, although Wes sets aside mere flash for meaningful swing.
The guitarist benefits from a crack band behind him: Al and Percy Heath on drums and bass, respectively, and the flawless Tommy Flanagan on piano. Flanagan had shortly before this date contributed mightily to Coltrane's "Giant Steps," and his ability to seamlessly slip in behind Montgomery on a date that couldn't be more different than Coltrane's is testimony to his taste and his chops.
Wes's startling chording will be a revelation to those who haven't heard him before, but even if you've listened to him a lot you'll still find his work on, for example, "Four on Six" and "West Coast Blues" immensely satisfying. On both these cuts, he flows endlessly between chords and octaves, creating a smooth river of sound. Beautiful.
Also of note is his treatment of "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," a chestnut that Wes turns into a lovely romance that sounds new and fresh. This is a great CD for the jazz guitar lover, who will realize immediately that it doesn't get much better than this.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Roger Berlind on February 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is my favorite Jazz Guitar album and one that I've had for some time, first on a cassette that I got from my brother and eventually on CD. I used to listen to this in my car and didn't even know the names of the songs or who had written them. All I knew was that I really dug Montgomery's guitar playing.

After getting the 1987 version of the CD, I learned that the album included Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way", 2 standards, and 4 originals by Montgomery. I also learned that his supporting cast included Tommy Flanagan on piano and the Heath brothers on bass and drums.

This album is a real pleasure to listen to, not just for Montgomery's truly incredible guitar playing, but also for the relaxing atmosphere all 4 musicians create. This is a perfect album to play late at night before going to bed; just turn down the lights, lie down on your couch, and let the music soothe your soul.

My only complaint about the CD I owned (the 1987 remastering) was that the sound was kind of muddy. While reviewing that version, I learned that this "Keepnews Collection" version had been released, so I ordered it to compare the sound. It does have slightly better sound, mainly stronger bass. In retrospect, I suspect that the "muddiness" I heard in the 1987 version was mostly in Montgomery's own sound or in the source tapes.

The real value of the 2008 version, however, is the new booklet with a new essay by Orin Keepnews, who produced the original sessions. He explains how he first heard about Montgomery from Cannonball Adderly, talks about the first two records (including this one) that Montgomery cut for Riverside, and explains the boastful title. He also puts the album in the broader context of Montgomery's brief but brilliant 9 year career.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Blues Bro VINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great, great album. You need to buy this album if you are interested in jazz guitar or guitar at all. But the sound on this CD is just plain awful. Spend the extra bucks and get the Hybrid SACD version or at least the 24 bit remastering, its worth it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on November 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of Wes Montgomery's best albums, if not THE best, and one of the best albums of the 1960s. Technically Wes was at the top of his game at this point, and he came into the recording studio at the end of January 1960, in very high spirits: his daughter Toni had just been born and he had just signed a deal with Fantasy where he'd be able to record with his brothers Monk and Buddy.

All of this is evident on this recording. And pianist Tommy Flanagan, whose mere presence almost assures a successful recording endeavor, is playing at peak form. Highlights include the initial recording of Wes's WEST COAST BLUES, which would quickly become a jazz standard; a superb version of GONE WITH THE WIND, which is an example of virtuoso guitar playing at it's finest; and D-NATURAL BLUES, with great down-home feeling, that some NYC jazz fans from the 60's might remember as never-to-be-surpassed jazz dj Ed Beach's background music. But everything on this CD works marvelously, and the album became the one against which all other Montgomery albums were measured. A gotta-have CD.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Jones on May 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you've yet to add any of guitarist Montgomery's recordings to your collection, this wouldn't be a bad start. In fact, you probably couldn't do much better. For this 1960 session, produced by Orrin Keepnews, Montgomery was surrounded by a stellar group of musicians: the incomparable Tommy Flanagan on piano, and the always compatible duo of bassist Percy Heath and his brother, drummer Albert Heath. The material is strong, ranging from standards like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Gone With the Wind" to Montgomery originals "Four On Six" and "West Coast Blues" (both of which subsequently became 'standards' in their own right). I don't know much about jazz guitar, but Montgomery is definitely on point here--his improvisations are always very fluid and soulful. Flanagan provides sensitive accompaniment, as usual--dig his beautiful solo on Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweeet Way." All in all, this'd be a great recording to introduce, say, a budding jazz guitarist to how a guitar should function in a jazz ensemble. Well worth owning.
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