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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfull strings and horns ..what a disappointment, March 8, 2012
This review is from: Movin': The Complete Verve Recordings (Audio CD)
Wes is my all time favorite jazz guitarist..I was praying that these tracks would be released WITHOUT the horrible dated arrangements by Sebesky and others. My prayer was not answered...this is just a rehash of the abomination of Wes Montgomery. Damn..maybe someday...It has been noted that all or most of the verve tracks were recorded with Wes in a trio setting and that the noise (some call them 'arrangements') were dumped on top of the trio..but the tunes as originally recorded had total integrity presenting Wes in the small group setting...they could easily wipe the noise off the tracks and release all of this GREAT music as trio or quartet or however Wes actually played it. Just imagine the treasure we would have if with all of this music..added to the great Riverside recordings. So far...no one is doing it...o well..maybe in 10 more years Cuscuna will take on the charge and rent these masters and release them as they were intended by the great Wes Montgomery.
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2012 7:51:08 PM PDT
Stringbender says:
This reviewer is mistaken. This collection includes both the original and overdubbed versions of the extra tunes from the Half Note session.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 9:50:55 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
I couldn't agree more Hillery, about your prayers - I share them - but I believe you are mistaken about The Verve tracks having been recorded in a trio setting in the first place. That's why so many accused Wes of "selling out" when he moved from Riverside to Verve and added all the string arrangements (to make some money and feed his family)... I tend to agree you with you and that's why I listen mostly to his Riverside stuff, but I don't fault a man for doing what he had to, to make a living, I just find it incredibly sad that the public has such bad taste.

Posted on May 9, 2013 10:34:53 AM PDT
Even if we assume the raw pre-master multi-tracks exist, Montgomery was aware that these basic tracks would be overdubbed. Strip away the orchestration, and what's left is Montgomery comping with the rhythm section.
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