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  1. Twisted BluesWes Montgomery 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Baby, It's Cold OutsideJimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery 6:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. CaravanWes Montgomery 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. TequilaWes Montgomery 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. West Coast BluesWes Montgomery 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. 'Round MidnightJimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery 7:22Album Only
  7. ImpressionsWes Montgomery 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. PeopleWes Montgomery 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. OGD (Road Song)Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Matchmaker, MatchmakerWes Montgomery 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mi CosaWes Montgomery 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. King Of The RoadJimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Boss CityWes Montgomery 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Four On SixWes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly Trio 6:43$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000069NG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By darragh o'donoghue on April 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent introduction to the delights of Wes Montgomery, taking in the Creed Taylor Verve years, when he went from obscure jazz critics' favourite to easy listening pop star.
Too often in this period, Wes's guitar playing, virtuosic, but quiet and emotional, was smothered in jarring orchestral backings which in retrospect seem the antithesis of 'easy'. Luckily, on this CD, the emphasis is on the guitar, with orchestration used as effective punctuation, rather than an end in itself. Sometimes, as in a dazzling 'Round Midnight', a contest is fought between the two, to the excitement of the listener.
Montgomery's sheer veratility is displayed here, his flair for catchy pop songs and ballads, his adaptation of pop standards (including Roger Miller's 'King of the road'), ladiback , mellow workouts, and more pseud-friendly jazz jams. A track like 'People' is exemplary, its melody and melancholy serenly emanating from a sweet singing guitar unruffled by many complex tempo changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on May 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This cd was my very first introduction to Wes Montgomery. I had heard the name many times of course, but to my knowledge had never heard him play before. And I must say, that after listening to this album, I wish that I had heard him. He is truly a jazz guitar genius, and I will most certainly buy more of his work. There is a great blend of songs on this album...from "Impressions" by John Coltrane and "Round Midnight", a Monk tune, to lighter pop fare like "Matchmaker. Matchmaker" and "King of the Road". Each and every track is great, and I highly recommend this album to anyone who wishes to get acquainted with this guitar legend. The booklet includes an essay on Wes, by George Benson, who also selected the songs on this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 8, 2007
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George Benson selected these songs and he is well qualified to do so.

A number of them reflect the 'bosa nova' work that Benson himself produced for a time (see his albums "The George Benson Cookbook" and "The Shape of Things to Come").

Very nice fare from top to bottom, with a number of classic works played out on the guitar with great flair.

A recommended introduction to the artist.
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This CD isn't quite as good as "Finest Hour", but the bar is set extremely high with that comparison. Some of the same songs on that compilation appear here, but there is enough that is different to make this CD a worthwhile buy if you already own "Finest Hour".

Not much of the material stands out by itself, as the CD has a really nice flow to it. It's a good listen and before long, you're at the end of it because it just seems like time is flying by from enjoying the tunes.
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By A Customer on July 5, 2000
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This is an incredibloe album. It is full of great, timeless songs. Two of the best are "Caravan" and "People". This CD is a must have for ANYONE'S collection
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