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Movin Wes Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. CaravanWes Montgomery 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. PeopleWes Montgomery 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Movin' WesJohnny Pate and Orchestra and Wes Montgomery 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Moca FlorWes Montgomery 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Matchmaker, MatchmakerWes Montgomery 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Movin' WesWes Montgomery 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Senza Fine (The Phoenix Love Theme)Wes Montgomery 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. TheodoraWes Montgomery 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. In And OutWes Montgomery 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Born To Be BlueWes Montgomery 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. West Coast BluesWes Montgomery 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on August 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A superb Verve/Creed Taylor recording first produced in 1965.
Much has been said of the so-called 'selling out' of jazzists--Wes was a hard-bopper, originally--and this was to have been his white washing or sell out album. That whole labeling thing, of course, is a bunch of B.S. Even hip hoppers would not mind being accompanied by a full orchestra and rhythm section. This is Wes' first with Verve, accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by the great Johnny Pate: the recording was engineered by Phil Ramone and Creed Taylor.
"Theodora" is pure heaven, and "Born to Be Blue" is simply perfect. But I'm quite sure you'll find favorites among the nice selection presented here....La Barb's "People", Wes' "Moving Wes". The CD is like I said. Excellent, per-i-od.
In the liner notes by Gene Lees, he tells how Wes developed his style of playing. It is said he had an epiphany one day after listening to a Charlie Christian record. So much so that he went out and purchased a guitar and amp post haste and proceeded to strum the darn thing. He solicited the aid of a buddy to show him some chords and he commenced to playing--loudly, clumsily--with the aid of a guitar pick. His wife, being the person that she was, did not share in the epiphany and did not want Wes to be making that noise in the living room. Can you imagine that? So she requested that he move elsewhere in the house. He finds a corner and He plays some more. Nope--still too loud for the lady of the house. So, he turns the amp down a little. Nope, still too loud. So, he turns the amp down a lil more, gets rid of the pick and finds that thumb strumming style we hear in all his recordings. Talk about epiphany!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album contains some fine understated guitar work from Wes - He doesn't get the long extended solos of some of his more traditional jazz albums - nevertheless, one gets a magnified look at his approach as he sounds very relaxed against the Creed Taylor arrangements. Wes has the distinction of being one of the few instrumentalists who aren't ruined by this more commercial setting - Charlie Parker is one of the other immortals who strangeley benefitted from orchestration. I am blown away by Wes' octave and chordal work on this as well as some single line play on 'Caravan'. He is the envy of all guitarists!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on December 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wes' playing is always great. The problem with this album is the songs and the arrangements.

Wes shines when he has a great composition to work from. The middle 5 or so cuts on this CD are not impressive compositions, and the brass-heavy big band arrangements border on the kind of camp we heard in Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova for the Austin Powers movies -- but Movin' Wes is cheese without the wink and the nudge. I confess a weakness for Maynard Ferguson's 1970's work, which some might consider cheesy, but I still think it was classier than this stuff. Movin' Wes I and II, Matchmaker, Matchmaker -- I could do without those.

At the beginning and end of the CD, the arrangements (by Johnny Pate) are more appropriate, the songs are better -- it is four or five star material. Caravan really jumps with big band brass, and I defy anybody to stop their toes from tapping. It is only 2 1/2 minutes, but what a blast! Jule Styne's People is a beautiful slow cut, and Wes makes the most of it. The last four songs are a return to the quality of the first two. Making, as I said, a cheese sandwich.

I have nothing against a jazz artist doing a pop record. Is Getz/Gilberto less of a masterpiece simply because it is easy to take, and it sold a zillion copies? Of course not. Wes' later album Tequila is also an excellent easy listening jazz record, but the songs and arrangements are more consistent than Movin' Wes. (I believe Tequila was arranged by Claus Ogerman.)

Movin' Wes would have made a good Extended Play album. Skip the middle, and you've got a very nice, but very short record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a good CD by the late Wes Montgomery. I fully expected it not to be his signature guitar Jazz that he had become famous for, so I was not dissapointed. The titles of the songs on this CD are "Pop" originated and so I knew this wouldn't be purely jazz. However, I was happily suprized by Wes Montgomery's renditions of the songs from "People" to "Born to Be Blue" are suprizingly well done. No, they may not be enjoyed by Jazz purists but as with all Wes Montgomery's work, they are enjoyable to listen to, and his renditions have great improvisation that is backed nicely with a small orchestra. All fans of Wes Montgomery will not be dissapointed with this CD, which was remastered very nicely. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzboy on January 30, 2011
Format: Vinyl
This recording is Wes Montgomery's first big band outing. This record was a milestone for Wes in many ways and showcases him in top form. The problem I have with some of these reviews on here is that as usual, they don't know what they're talking about and think because they have an opinion, which is not based on facts, or history, it should be considered valid. It's usually biased towards their own likes and dislikes, and lacks the experience to even know what they're listening to or for, which makes it totally about THEM and not about the artist and the music. The reviews often use blanket terms like "cheesy", "pop", and, "commercial" to make the recordings appear less valid than other recordings. What the heck does "cheesy" even mean? Not understanding what skills an artist and arranger has to have in order to make recordings such as this one, does a disservice to the artist, arranger, and the educated listeners who know the music, has seen the musicians, and understands the process. To suggest the compositions on this recording are inferior shows no knowledge of the composers, their works, or history, and that's just the first inaccurate bias. There are four songs written by Montgomery, one written by the great jazz pianist and jazz historian, Dr. Billy Taylor. "Caravan" and "Born To Be Blue" are old jazz standards, "Moca Flor" and "Senza Fine" are Brazilian standards, and "People" and "Matchmaker" are from two different famous theater plays. Jazz musicians have ALWAYS recorded songs from plays, not because of the play, but because of a song in it that they like. When people on the web write these reviews, they seem to think that they know as much about the music an artist chooses to record than the artists themselves.Read more ›
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