Movin': The Complete Verve Recordings

Movin': The Complete Verve Recordings

by Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery




All eight of the albums Wes Montgomery issued on Verve in the mid-'60s (including the two he did with organist Jimmy Smith) are on this limited-edition, five-CD box set. With the addition of 20 bonus tracks (none previously unreleased, some of them alternate takes or overdubbed versions) and a 76-page booklet that includes readable reproductions of the original LP sleeves, it's the definitive compilation of his work for the label. By its very size, of course, its appeal might be limited to completists and serious collectors. But its no-stone-unturned thoroughness can't be faulted, and it sensitively separates the purest straight-ahead jazz material (all of the cuts recorded in 1965 for Smokin' at the Half Note) onto one CD, as well as placing the Montgomery-Smith albums so that they're heard in succession on the last half of disc four and the first half of disc five. Montgomery's Verve period is the source of some contention among critics and fans. Numerous jazz authorities are of the opinion that Wes by far did his finest work when he operated with standard, straight-ahead small jazz groups early in his recording career, and declined substantially when he moved to Verve, primarily owing to increasingly commercial material and orchestrated arrangements. Most listeners with some open-mindedness, however, will find at least some material here to value -- not just the all-out straight jazz sessions on Smokin' at the Half Note, but also on the cuts with more pop-oriented backing. First, it should be pointed out that the pop and rock covers for which Montgomery's Verve releases are most often derided -- particularly "Goin' Out of My Head" and "California Dreaming" -- are a fairly small minority of the songs he recorded for the label. Of more importance, the combination of Montgomery's always excellent guitar playing with orchestrated arrangements (variously by Johnny Pate, Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson, and Claus Ogerman) actually works well much of the time. At its best, the blend achieves a cinematic sense of drama, as well as a form of jazz that many more pop-oriented listeners will find more accessible than much of conventional jazz. That also means, of course, that a good number of jazz specialists will find that material unpalatable, and there are some tracks where the embellishments verge upon becoming too sweet and middle of the road. But there are at least as many such cuts that even jazzheads should enjoy, both for Montgomery's playing and the effective, and at times adventurous addition of big-band elements. Quite a few tracks, in fact, are downright excellent. Standouts include the Montgomery-Smith recording "13 (Death March)"; the superb soul-jazz of another Montgomery-Smith highlight, "O.G.D. (aka Road Song)"; the simmering groove of "Bumpin' on Sunset"; or the unfettered, bluesy strut "Just Walkin'." Ultimately, Montgomery's Verve output must be considered more a success than a failure, and more worthy than embarrassing. And while his shifting approaches ensures that almost everyone will find this box an inconsistent listen, it's ultimately quite a worthy collection of a notable period in his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527704692
catalogNumber: 001561302


Disc 1

  1. Caravan
  2. People
  3. Movin' Wes, Pt. 1
  4. Moca Flor
  5. Matchmaker
  6. Movin' Wes, Pt. 2
  7. Senza Fine
  8. Theodora
  9. In and Out
  10. Born To Be Blue
  11. West Coast Blues
  12. Bumpin'
  13. Tear It Down
  14. A Quiet Thing
  15. Con Alma
  16. Love Theme from The Sandpiper: The Shadow of Your Smile
  17. Mi Cosa
  18. Here's That Rainy Day
  19. Musty
  20. Just Walkin'
  21. My One and Only Love
  22. Just Walkin'

Disc 2

  1. No Blues
  2. If You Could See Me Now
  3. Unit 7
  4. Four On Six
  5. What's New
  6. Willow Weep For Me
  7. Portrait of Jennie
  8. Surrey With the Fringe On Top
  9. Oh, You Crazy Moon
  10. Misty
  11. Impressions

Disc 3

  1. Goin' Out of My Head
  2. O Morro
  3. Boss City
  4. Chim Chim Cheree
  5. Naptown Blues
  6. Twisted Blues
  7. End of a Love Affair
  8. It Was a Very Good Year
  9. Golden Earrings
  10. Tequila
  11. Little Child (Daddy Dear)
  12. What the World Needs Now is Love
  13. The Big Hurt
  14. Bumpin' On Sunset
  15. How Insensitive (Insensatez)
  16. The Thumb
  17. Midnight Mood
  18. Wives and Lovers
  19. Tequila

Disc 4

  1. California Dreaming
  2. Sun Down
  3. Oh You Crazy Moon
  4. More, More, Amor
  5. Without You
  6. Winds of Barcelona
  7. Sunny
  8. Green Peppers
  9. Mr. Walker
  10. South of the Border
  11. Sunny
  12. Down By the Riverside
  13. Night Train
  14. James and Wes
  15. 13 (Death March)
  16. Baby, It's Cold Outside

Disc 5

  1. King of the Road
  2. Maybe September
  3. O.G.D. (aka Road Song)
  4. Call Me
  5. Milestones
  6. Mellow Mood
  7. 'Round Midnight
  8. O.G.D. (aka Road Song)
  9. The Big Hurt
  10. Bumpin' On Sunset
  11. Willow Weep For Me
  12. Portrait of Jennie
  13. Oh, You Crazy Moon
  14. Misty

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Urbie Green   Trombone
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Melba Liston   Trombone
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Tenor Flute,Woodwind
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Percussion,Drums
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Johnny Messner   Trombone
Stan Webb   Clarinet,English Horn,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Bob Ashton   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Danny Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Woodwind
Willie Bobo   Percussion
James Buffington   French Horn
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Candido Camero   Bongos,Conga
Casamenti   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harold Coletta   Viola
George Devens   Vibes
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bernard Eichen   Violin
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Lewis Eley   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Emanuel Green   Violin
Sol Gubin   Drums
Louis Haber   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Jack Jennings   scratching,Castanets,Vibes
Walter Kane   Clarinet,Bassoon,Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Malignaggi   Violin
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Charles McCracken   Cello
Hélcio Milito   Drums
Gene Orloff   Violin
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
George Ricci   Cello
Margaret Ross   Harp
David Schwartz   Viola
Bobby Scott   Piano
Harvey Shapiro   Cello
Jimmy Smith   Organ
Tony Studd   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Phil Woods   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Richard Hixon   Trombone
Sol Shapiro   Violin
Abe Kessler   Cello
Jerry Dodgion   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Danny Moore   Trombone
Harvey E. Phillips   Tuba
Dan Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Ray Beckenstein   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
James Nottingham   Trumpet
Joe Malin   Violin

Technical Credits

Percy Faith   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Sam Jones   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
John Coltrane   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger,Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Durval Ferreira   Composer
Gary McFarland   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes
Sol Lake   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Chuck Rio   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Gino Paoli   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Bob Merrill   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Michelle Gilliam   Composer
Charles Stewart   Cover Photo
Acy Lehman   Cover Design
Burt Korall   Liner Notes
Fred Ebb   Composer
Ken Whitmore   Cover Photo
Ann Ronell   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Edward Redding   Composer
Russell Robinson   Composer
Gordon Burdge   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Holmes Daylie   Liner Notes
Luiz Fernando   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Bart Forbes   Cover Illustration
Chuck Taylor   Liner Notes
Michele Horie   Producer,Art Direction
Michael Malatak   Cover Design
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Ryan Nill   Photo Coordination
Dick Smith   Art Direction
Lewis C. Simpkins   Composer
Marc Myers   Liner Notes
Jon Henry   Cover Photo
Michael Zwerin   Liner Notes
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Johnny Magnus   Liner Notes
Walter Myers   Composer
Rudy Laquame   Cover Photo
Rinaldo Marino   Composer

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