Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wes Motgomery - Movin' Wes

Wes Montgomery's debut for Verve, although better from a jazz standpoint than his later A&M releases, is certainly in the same vein. The emphasis is on his tone, his distinctive octaves, and his melody statements. Some of the material (such as "People" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker") are pop tunes of the era and the brass orchestra (arranged by Johnny Pate) is purely in the background, but there are some worthy performances, chiefly the two-part "Movin' Wes," "Born to Be Blue," and "West Coast Blues." - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Wes Montgomery
Album: Movin' Wes
Year: 1965 (M.G.M.)
Label: Verve (1992)
Total time: 36:06

Tracks:
1.  Caravan (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Juan Tizol) 2:40
2.  People (Bob Merrill/Jule Styne) 4:25
3.  Movin' Wes-Part I (Wes Montgomery) 3:16
4.  Moca Flor (Durval Ferreira/Lula Freire) 3:13
5.  Matchmaker, Matchmaker (Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick) 2:49
6.  Movin' Wes-Part II (Wes Montgomery) 2:37
7.  The Phoenix Love Theme (Paoli/Wilder)  3:24
8.  Theodora (Creed Taylor) 3:59
9.  In And Out (Wes Montgomery) 2:50
10.  Born To Be Blue (Mel Tormé/Robert Wells) 3:42
11.  West Coast Blues (Wes Montgomery) 3:11

Personnel:
Wes Montgomery (Guitar)
Jerome Richardson (Woodwinds)
Jimmy Cleveland (Trombone)
Urbie Green (Trombone)
Quentin Jackson (Trombone)
Chauncey Welsch (Trombone)
Ernie Royal (Trumpet)
Clark Terry (Trumpet)
Snookie Young (Trumpet)
Don Butterfield (Tuba)
Bobby Scott (Piano)
Bob Cranshaw (Double Bass)
Grady Tate (Drums)
Willie Bobo (Percussion)

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