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Jimmy & Wes: Dynamic Duo [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Smith & Wes MontgomeryAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Night TrainJimmy Smith 6:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. James And WesJimmy Smith 8:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 13 (Death March)Jimmy Smith 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Baby, It's Cold OutsideJimmy Smith 5:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047D7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultradynamic duo! July 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing what can happen when you put two master musicians like Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery in the same room, as this classic album documents. Supported by players like drummer Grady Tate, Clark Terry, and Ray Barretto, and arranger Oliver Nelson, Jimmy & Wes go to town on "The Dynamic Duo". "James & Wes", "Night Train", and the cool spin they put on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" make this album a joy to listen again and again. The alternate take of "Road Song" at the end is the cream on the cake, and in my opinion is even better than the originally issued take. One of the first releases in Verve's excellent Master Edition series, the packaging and remastered sound make this the definitive issue of this jazz classic and one of my all time favorites.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Sublime! May 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy Smith, of course, is best know for his funky, soul-jazz and hard bop dates for Blue Note Records in the 50's and 60's (Check out his 1959 date with Kenny Burrell, Home Cookin'). He defected to Verve in the mid-60's and his product often suffered from over-packaging, as often was the case with his contemporary, Wes Montgomery. The problem with many of the Verve albums are their tendency to sweeten the proceedings with orchestral and big band backing, as well as short running times with tracks aimed at pop-airplay. This album, Dynamic Duo, has a big band; however, the music doesn't suffer. In fact, the groove is so heavy, so intense, it's easily the best thing Smith did since "Back at Chicken Shack," and Montgomery turns in his finest performance since "Full House." There's plenty of soul, grease, blues and lot's of room for sweaty improvisation on this masterful album beautifully recorded by master engineer Rudy Van Gelder. You won't be dissappointed--the groove goes down, and the track "Night Train" is a masterpiece.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential jazz masterpiece for any collection November 3, 2005
By Ciocc
Format:Audio CD
This is one of greatest jazz recordings ever - the greatest jazz organist, the greatest jazz guitarist, the cream of the crop of jazz studio musicians and a superlative big band score.

While Jimmy Smith had a prolific career spanning decades, Wes Montgomery died not long after this recording of a heart attack. This and A Day in the Life are his two great recordings. The recording quality of this is superior to the later. And this has more pure jazz improvisation.

There is something indifinable about the mix of these two geniuses, but this recording really cooks!

I have had this recording in various incarnations since it came out, and never get tired of it.

I am listening to it now and it is 1,000 volt sound!

If you don't have it, get it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Duo! April 22, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Even If you're turned off by the idea of the Oliver Nelson arranged and Creed Taylor produced charts(I was when I first saw this album), Jimmy and Wes' telephathic interplay may let you forget about the big band dressing. On "Night Train" I ocassionaly like what the arrangements add to their playing. But what will really have your head shaking with amazement is the intense interplay on the horn-less "James and Wes". There's a real live feeling to this album. Grady Tate also deserves alot of credit. He fills in the gaps with crisp dynamics and sounds as good as I've heard him.
I saw Jimmy Smith's group play live recently (the best show I've ever been to) and this album (out of all of his records) comes the closest in matching the fire and intensity of that performance.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic January 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not my favorite Jimmy Smith recording, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I prefer Smith's "Back At The Chicken Shack" (a little bit funkier) and "Organ Grinder Swing" (more groovin'). To hear the essence of Montgomery, you might want to check out his "The Incredible Jazz Guitar". Bringing talents like this together doesn't always result in their best work, which I feel like is the case here (although it is still top-notch). Montgomery's guitar almost takes a back seat to Smith's boisterous playing. It is fortunate that these two brilliant musicians found each other and created this recommended, but not, in my estimation, "essential" classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grooving with James and Wes February 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the true jazz classics, a meeting of two giants of soul, funk, and blues. In his later years, Wes Montgomery's music often found its way to AM radio, but when paired with the phenomenal Jimmy Smith, Wes smokes like no other. On "13 (Death March)," a big band intro reminiscent of Sean Connery-era James Bond leads the way into truly great soloing from Wes and Jimmy. Another highlight is the previously unissued take of "Road Song," a small group number that finds Smith and Montgomery vamping behind funky percussion from Ray Barretto and Grady Tate. Oliver Nelson's charts provide just the right swinging backdrop for the Dynamic Duo's near telepathic interplay. All in all, a must-have in every jazz collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dynamic Duo!!! March 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Wes Montgomery fan for the majority of my life. And a majority of that part, i have only known the orchestral side of him, that I was introduced to as a real young kid. Perhaps, that was the only jazz introduction I got as a real little kid, before around age 12 where I got into heavy jazz.

This was my first introduction to the real jazz side of him. IT was owned by my uncle who had put it on the turntable, where I admired it in awh. "That's the same guy who played, Elenore Rigby?"

Jimmy Smith, monster of the Hammond B-3 compliments Wes good. The whole album is great! It's basically just another jazz album, but never-the-less has some killer tracks!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Wes and Love Jimmy!
Listen to the other reviewers regarding this awesome work by Wes Montgomery and Billy Smith; this IS an exceptional effort and one that will provide a lifetime of satisfied... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cavetus Emptore
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift
A gift fo my cousin a 20 year old young
man.
He liked it a lot. He called I Barbeque music. Sweet and meaty!

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Published 8 months ago by richard eckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss this Session!
Two virtuosos on their respective instruments. Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery lay down some smoking hot tracks. Read more
Published 20 months ago by ruckus
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
You can argue about which Smith/Montgomery recording is better, this or "The Further Adventures." Me, I like 'em both and I don't care. Read more
Published on August 3, 2006 by J. Merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Smith at the Top of His Game
If your reading this and considering a Jimmy Smith CD, you probably already know that Jimmy Smith was one of the greatest jazz organists ever. Read more
Published on July 20, 2006 by Scooter
4.0 out of 5 stars mellow mood
Not pulling any strings here -- I love this recording. It has a mellow, 60's surf type sound to it and I love it. Read more
Published on November 18, 2005 by Kai
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dynamic Duo!!!
I have been a Wes Montgomery fan for the majority of my life. And a majority of that part, i have only known the orchestral side of him, that I was introduced to as a real young... Read more
Published on January 10, 2005 by Chris Covais
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Wes and Jimmy's Greatest
This is one of the greatest examples of two musicians who speak the same musical language ever captured on tape. I know Jimmy Smith well and I have also made music with him. Read more
Published on September 23, 2003 by Jazzboy
5.0 out of 5 stars James and Wes!
I have been listening to this CD since it came out in 1966. Even though there is a lot of "sweetening" with big band and strings on a lot of this CD, this first cut,... Read more
Published on August 23, 2003 by Michael E. Royal
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin'Set
got this Album a few Years back&am A Big Fan of both of these Cats.Jimmy Smith wrecks a Organ like nobody's Business&Wes Montgomery on the Guitar making the Axe sound so... Read more
Published on February 23, 2003 by mistermaxxx08
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