Plays for Lovers

Plays for Lovers

by Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery


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A casual peruser of conventional jazz wisdom might guess that a Wes Montgomery Plays for Lovers album would surely draw from Universal's A&M and/or Verve holdings. But no, this compilation is part of Concord's look-alike series of that name. Thus, these are Riverside sides from the first few years of Montgomery's recording career, and besides providing a soundtrack for a romantic evening, they prove that Wes Montgomery's taste for a tender ballad -- with the tunes often stated in his patented octaves -- was always there practically from the beginning. Concord didn't have to strain as it gathered material to support this concept, drawing from nine of Montgomery's Riverside albums and finding ballads in all. "Prelude to a Kiss" and "All the Way" come from that premonition of future commercial enterprises, Fusion!, where the romantic mood is a given and Jimmy Jones' charts make a small orchestra sound lusher than its numbers would indicate. Some of the great guitarist's collaborations with other notables also populate this collection. "Stairway to the Stars" features the voluble Milt Jackson on vibes, with Montgomery playing gentle octaves in the center. "If I Should Lose You" has Montgomery Brothers Monk (bass) and Buddy (piano) backing Wes, who is always mellow and songful, and he and his brothers fit right into the George Shearing sound in the sole midtempo track on the CD, "Darn That Dream." Full House, the sole (and celebrated) live album of Montgomery's Riverside period, is represented by "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," where he does little more than tenderly state the tune. The album closes with Montgomery's only recorded a cappella solo track, "While We're Young," whose ultra-mellow mood underplays even the most understated ballads in the rest of the package. By no means should this be your only Wes Montgomery Riverside album, nor is it the best-paced Montgomery anthology out there. But those who cotton to his quiet ballad side ought to find a lot of concentrated pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
Label: Riverside
UPC: 0888072306271
catalogNumber: 30627
Rank: 104209


  1. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost of a Chance with You
  2. Stairway to the Stars
  3. For All We Know
  4. Prelude to a Kiss
  5. I Wish I Knew
  6. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  7. If I Should Lose You
  8. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  9. Darn That Dream
  10. All the Way
  11. In Your Own Sweet Way
  12. While We're Young

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Ray Barretto   Conga
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Ron Carter   Bass
Victor Feldman   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Dick Hyman   Piano,Celeste
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Hank Jones   Piano,Celeste
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Buddy Montgomery   Piano,Vibes
Walter Perkins   Drums
Melvin Rhyne   Organ
George Shearing   Piano
Monk Montgomery   Bass
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
George "Funky" Brown   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Lex Humphries   Drums
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Bobby Thomas   Drums
Melvin Rhyne Quartet   Organ
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones   Bass
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Humphries   Drums

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Audio Production
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Jimmy Jones   String Arrangements

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