4 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
This release contains the complete classic albums The Montgomery Brothers & Five Others, Montgomeryland and Wes, Buddy & Monk. Also included are all the songs featuring solos by Wes Montgomery from the LPs Kismet and A Good Git Together and, as a final bonus, a rare 1955 Montgomery Brothers version of “Love for Sale” appearing here on CD for the first time ever!
WES MONTGOMERY, guitar on all tracks, plus:
CD1 1-7: The Montgomery Brothers and Five Others / Wes, Buddy & Monk
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Wayman Atkinson, Alonzo Johnson (ts), Buddy Montgomery (vib),
Joe Bradley (p), Monk Montgomery (b), Paul Parker (d).
Indianapolis, Indiana, December 30, 1957.
CD 1 8-14: Montgomeryland / Wes, Buddy & Monk
Harold Land (ts), Buddy Montgomery (p), Monk Montgomery (b), Tony Bazley (d).
Los Angeles, April 18, 1958.
CD 1 15: from Almost Forgotten [out of print compilation LP]
Alonzo Johnson (ts), Buddy Montgomery (p), Joe Bradley (p), Monk Montgomery (el-b),
Robert Johnson (d). New York, June 15, 1955.
CD 2 1-4: Montgomeryland
Pony Poindexter (as, out on 1), Buddy Montgomery (p), Monk Montgomery (b),
Louis Hayes (d). Los Angeles, October 1, 1959.
CD 2 5-10: from Kismet. Los Angeles, April 22, 1958.
CD 2 11-17: from A Good Git Together. Fugazzi Hall, San Francisco, 1959.
INCLUDES 24 PAGE BOOKLET
01 FINGER PICKIN’
02 SOUND CARRIER
03 LOIS ANN
04 BUD’S BEAUX ARTS
05 BOCK TO BOCK
06 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
07 BILLIE’S BOUNCE
08 FAR WES
10 OLD FOLKS
11 WES’ TUNE
12 HYMN TO CARL
13 MONTGOMERYLAND FUNK
14 STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY 15 LOVE FOR SALE*
Total Time: 77:44
*On CD for the first time ever.
02 MONK’S SHOP
03 FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE
06 AND THIS IS MY BELOVED
08 STRANGER IN PARADISE
09 BAUBLES, BANGLES AND BEADS
10 NOT SINCE NINEVEH
11 A GOOD GIT TOGETHER
12 FEED ME
13 MUSIC IN THE AIR
14 PRETTY STRANGE
15 THE SHOUTER
16 SOCIAL CALL 1
7 OUT OF THE PAST
Total Time: 79:08
DOWN BEAT ORIGINAL REVIEW: MONTGOMERYLAND
Rarely does an LP rate the four-star bit for the playing of just one musician on the album, but this one does. The man who does this is the phenomenal Wes Montgomery. Yes phenomenal. I feel that Montgomery is not just the best thing to happen to jazz guitar since Charlie Christian, as Ralph Gleason says, but the best thing to happen to jazz guitar, period! This album can be summed up in three words: Wes Montgomery, yeah! (Don DeMicheal)