The Complete Riverside Recordings

Wes Montgomery

The Complete Riverside Recordings 12RCD 4408 2
  • CAT # 12RCD-4408-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. 'Round Midnight 4:55
    2. Satin Doll (Take 5) 3:57
    3. Satin Doll 3:57
    4. Missile Blues (Take 5) 5:57
    5. Missile Blues 5:57
    6. Jingles 6:56
    7. Whisper Not 4:39
    8. The End Of A Love Affair 4:22
    9. Too Late Now 4:55
    10. Ecaroh 2:59
    11. Yesterdays 4:59
    12. Airegin 4:28
    13. West Coast Blues 5:22
    14. Four On Six 6:19
    DISC TWO  
    1. D-Natural Blues A.K.A. Monterey Blues 5:23
    2. In Your Own Sweet Way 4:53
    3. Mr. Walker (Renie) 4:33
    4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 4:41
    5. Gone With The Wind 6:24
    6. Sack Of Woe 4:24
    7. Work Song 4:12
    8. Scrambled Eggs 3:20
    9. Pretty Memory 3:50
    10. Fallout 4:51
    11. My Heart Stood Still 3:22
    12. Mean To Me 4:34
    13. Violets For Your Furs 3:16
    14. I've Got A Crush On You 2:53
    DISC THREE  
    1. Compulsion 6:47
    2. Terrain 7:45
    3. Klactoveedsedstene 9:56
    4. Ursula 7:05
    5. West Coast Blues 6:01
    6. Don't Explain 7:10
    7. Lolita 8:06
    8. The Chant 6:35
    9. Azul Serape 6:26
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Never Will I Marry 8:31
    2. Yours Is My Heart Alone 6:03
    3. Au Private 4:25
    4. Au Privave 3:54
    5. Tune-Up 5:17
    6. Tune-Up (Take 9) 3:12
    7. Body And Soul (Take 2) 2:21
    8. Body And Soul (Take 4 and 6 - Alternate) 2:21
    9. Body And Soul (Take 7) 2:21
    10. Sandu 3:25
    11. So Do It (Take 1) 6:05
    DISC FIVE  
    1. So Do It! 6:05
    2. Movin' Along 5:40
    3. Movin' Along (Take 4 - Alternate) 5:40
    4. Movin' Along 5:40
    5. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You 5:02
    6. Says You 4:59
    7. Doujie 4:34
    8. Doujie (Take 7 - Alternate) 4:34
    9. Just For Now 4:55
    10. Groove Yard 3:07
    11. Heart Strings 4:34
    12. Remember 5:30
    13. Delirium 6:42
    DISC SIX  
    1. Bock To Bock 5:35
    2. Bock To Bock (Back To Back) 5:35
    3. If I Should Lose You 2:46
    4. If I Should Lose You 5:52
    5. Doujie (Take 8) 4:34
    6. Something Like Bags 4:44
    7. I'm Just A Lucky So And So 5:55
    8. Cotton Tail 2:16
    9. Twisted Blues 5:31
    10. I Wish I Knew 5:30
    11. Repetition 3:48
    12. While We're Young 2:18
    13. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 7:38
    DISC SEVEN  
    1. Darn That Dream 4:21
    2. Darn That Dream 4:21
    3. And Then I Wrote 3:15
    4. Double Deal 3:47
    5. No Hard Feelings 3:45
    6. Love Walked In (Take 1) 4:58
    7. Love Walked In 2:10
    8. Lois Ann 3:08
    9. Enchanted 3:41
    10. Love For Sale 11:26
    11. Stranger In Paradise 4:47
    12. Mambo In Chimes 2:26
    13. Mambo In Chimes 2:26
    14. The Lamp Is Low 2:11
    15. Blue Roz (Take 3 - Alternate) 4:43
    16. Blue Roz 4:43
    17. Jingles (Take 8) 5:29
    18. Jingles (Take 9) 5:29
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Stairway To The Stars (Take 2) 4:48
    2. Stairway To The Stars (Take 3) 3:39
    3. Stablemates (Take 2) 4:51
    4. Stablemates 4:51
    5. Sam Sack (Take 2) 6:03
    6. Sam Sack 6:03
    7. 'S.K.J.'
    8. S.K.J. 5:14
    9. Delilah (Take 3) 6:14
    10. Delilah (Take 4) 6:14
    11. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 1) 7:15
    12. Born To Be Blue (Take 1) 7:25
    DISC NINE  
    1. Blue 'n' Boogie 8:11
    2. Cariba (Take 1) 9:40
    3. S.O.S. (Take 2) 4:45
    4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 2) 4:05
    5. Born To Be Blue 7:35
    6. Full House 9:13
    7. Cariba 9:40
    8. Blue 'n' Boogie 8:11
    DISC TEN  
    1. S.O.S. (Take 3) 5:03
    2. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 3:18
    3. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning 2:49
    4. Pretty Blue (Take 1) 3:38
    5. Pretty Blue (Take 2) 3:39
    6. The Girl Next Door 3:06
    7. The Girl Next Door 3:06
    8. God Bless The Child (take 2) 3:16
    9. God Bless The Child 3:19
    10. My Romance 2:30
    11. Prelude To A Kiss 4:01
    12. Prelude To A Kiss 3:07
    13. All The Way 2:37
    14. Somewhere 3:27
    15. Tune Up 5:17
    16. Tune Up (Take 2) 5:17
    17. Tune Up (Take 4) 5:17
    18. Tune Up 5:17
    19. Baubles, Bangles, And Beads 3:26
    20. Baubles, Bangles And Beads 2:22
    DISC ELEVEN  
    1. The Trick Bag 4:25
    2. The Trick Bag 4:25
    3. Days Of Wine And Roses 3:48
    4. Canadian Sunset 5:07
    5. Dearly Beloved 2:38
    6. For Heaven's Sake 4:42
    7. Besame Mucho (Take 2) 6:28
    8. Besame Mucho (Take 3) 6:28
    9. Fried Pies (Take 1) 6:41
    10. Fried Pies 6:44
    11. The Breeze And I 7:26
    12. Moanin' (Take 7) 5:46
    13. Dreamsville 3:49
    DISC TWELVE  
    1. Freddie Freeloader 5:14
    2. Movin' Along 5:40
    3. (Unidentified Solo Guitar) 3:37
    4. For All We Know 4:29
    5. The Way You Look Tonight 9:08
    6. The Way You Look Tonight (Alternate Take) 9:08
    7. Yesterday's Child 4:11
    8. Geno 2:53
    9. Dangerous 6:59
    10. Lolita 6:32
    11. Blues Riff (Take 7) 6:16
    12. Blues Riff (Take 8) 6:16
    13. Moanin' 5:46

Wes Montgomery’s Riverside career spanned almost exactly four years—the last recordings here were made in November 1963, and like the first were with an organ trio—and during that time he completely and permanently altered most musicians’ approach to the guitar. These first years of active recording, a period devoted almost entirely to small-group sessions in which he was frequently joined by some of the major players of the era, are the basis of his legendary jazz status.

Of the 158 performances included here, no less than 49 are alternates or were otherwise originally unissued. Although many of these efforts have been released over the years, 16 are now being made available for the first time.

Other highlights of the set include virtually complete reproductions of his only “live” Riverside club date, featuring Johnny Griffin and Wynton Kelly; a classic encounter with Cannonball and Ray Brown; and co-leader collaborations with Milt Jackson and George Shearing.

The 32-page booklet also contains an essay by Jim Ferguson, featuring interviews with Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Tommy Flanagan, Kevin Eubanks, and many others; and session notes by Orrin Keepnews, the original producer of Wes’s 25 Riverside sessions.

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