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The Riverside Years

5&6/10/59 - New York - "The Wes Montgomery Trio"

Wes Montgomery (g); Melvin Rhyne (org); Paul Parker (d). Riverside 12RCD 4408-1;OJCCD 034-2
Round Midnight
Satin Doll (take 5)
Satin Doll (take 7)
Missile Blues (take 5)
Missile Blues (take 6)
Whisper Not
End Of A Love Affair
Too Late Now

See session 1 and 2 notes

26&28/1/60 - New York - "The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery"

Wes Montgomery (g); Tommy Flanagan (p); Percy Heath (b); Albert Heath (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-1;OJCCD 036-2

West Coast Blues
Four On Six
D Natural Blues
In Your Own Sweet Way
Mister Walker
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Gone With The Wind

See session 4 and 6 notes


25,27&28/1/60 - New York - Nat Adderley - "Work Song"

Nat Adderley (cornet); Wes Montgomery (g); Bobby Timmons (p); Sam Jones (cello); Percy Heath (b);

Louis Hayes (d). Riverside 12RCD 4408-2;OJCCD 363-2

Sack O' Woe
Work Song
Scrambled Eggs

Same Date

Nat Adderley (cornet); Wes Montgomery (g); Bobby Timmons (p); Sam Jones (cello,b); Keter Betts (b,cello);

Louis Hayes (d). Riverside 12RCD 4408-2;OJCCD 363-2

Pretty Memory
My Heart Stood Still
Mean To Me

Same Date

Nat Adderley (cornet); Wes Montgomery (g); Sam Jones (b)

Violets For Your Furs
I've Got A Crush On You

See session 3, 5 and 7 notes

Work Song

17&18/5/60 - San Francisco - Harold Land - "West Coast Blues"

Harold Land (ts); Wes Montgomery (g); Joe Gordon (tpt); Barry Harris (p); Sam Jones (b); Louis Hayes (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-3; VICJ 23660 (Japan)

West Coast Blues
Don't Explain

See session 8 and 9 notes

West Coast Blues

21/5/60 & 5/6/60 - Los Angeles - "Cannonball Adderley and the Poll Winners"

Cannonball Adderley (as); Wes Montgomery (g); Victor Feldman (p,vib); Ray Brown (b); Louis Hayes (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-3; Landmark 1304-2

The Chant
Azule Serape
Never Will I Marry
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Au Privave (take 1)
Au Privave (take 2)

See session 10 and session 11 notes


12/10/60 - Los Angeles - Wes Montgomery - "Movin' Along"

Wes Montgomery (g,6 str b/gtr*); James Clay (fl,ts); Victor Feldman (p); Sam Jones (b); Louis Hayes (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-4/5

Tune Up (take 4)*
Tune Up (take 9)*
Body And Soul (take 2)*
Body And Soul (take 4/6)
Body And Soul (take 7)*
So Do It (take 1)
So Do It (take 6)
Movin' Along (take 1)
Movin' Along (take 4)
Movin' Along (take 5)
A Ghost Of A Chance
Says You

See session 12 notes

Autumn 1960 - San Francisco - "The Montgomery Brothers"


Wes Montgomery (g); Buddy Montgomery (p); Monk Montgomery (b); Lawrence Marable (d).

CD Milestone MCD 47076-2 ("Groove Brothers")

Monterey Blues
June In January
Bud's Tune
Lover Man

N.B. CD Milestone MCD 47076 - "Groove Brothers" - The first pressings of this CD were erroneously made

from the Master of "Groove Brothers" (LP M47051) and therefore the contents did not match the sleeve notes!

Montgomery Bros

3/1/61 - New York - The Montgomery Brothers - "Grooveyard"

Wes Montgomery (g); Buddy Montgomery (p,vib*); Monk Montgomery (b); Bobby Thomas (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-5

Doujie (take 6)
Doujie (take 7)
Doujie (take 8)*
Just For Now
Bock To Bock (take 1)
Bock To Bock (take 3)
If I Should Lose You (take 2)
If I Should Lose You (take 4)

See session 13 notes


16/4/61 - Vancouver - "The Montgomery Brothers In Canada"

Wes Montgomery (g); Buddy Montgomery (vib); Monk Montgomery (b); Paul Humphries (d).

Milestone MCD 47076-2 (Groove Brothers); *Milestone MCD 9298 - 2 ("Dangerous")

Angel Eyes
This Love Of Mine
On Green Dolphin Street
On Green Dolphin Street Alt Tk 2*
You Don't Know What Love Is
Beaux Arts
Stella By Starlight (Take 1)*
Stella By Starlight (Take 2)*

N.B CD Milestone MCD 47076 - "Groove Brothers" - The first pressings of this CD were erroneously made from the Master of the LP "Groove Brothers" (LP M47051) and therefore the contents did not match the sleeve notes!

4/8/61 - New York - Wes Montgomery - "So Much Guitar"

Wes Montgomery (g); Hank Jones (p); Ron Carter (b); Les Humphries (d); Ray Barretto (conga).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-6; OJCCD 233-2

Somethin' Like Bags
I'm Just A Lucky So And So
Cotton Tail
Twisted Blues
I Wish I Knew
While We're Young
One For My Baby..

See session 14 notes

So Much Guitar

19/8/61 - Montgomery Brothers - "Live At Jorgies"

Wes Montgomery (g); Buddy Montgomery (p,vib); Monk Montgomery (b); Billy Hart (d).

Magnetic MRCD 124; *Soulard VGM-SOUCD1

All Of You*
Bock To Bock*
Round Midnight

22/11/61 - John Coltrane Sextet - "Monterey Jazz Festival", Monterey, CA,

John Coltrane, soprano, tenor sax; Eric Dolphy, alto sax, bass clarinet; McCoy Tyner, piano; Wes Montgomery, guitar; Reggie Workman, bass; Elvin Jones, drums.

"Monterey Jazz Festival", Monterey, CA, September 22, 1961

My Favorite Things


So What; Impressions-


9&10/10/61 - Los Angeles - George Shearing And The Montgomery Brothers - "Love Walked In"

George Shearing (p); Wes Montgomery (g); Buddy Montgomery (vib); Monk Montgomery (b); Walter Perkins (d);

Armando Peraza (conga,bongo). Riverside 12RCD 4408-7; OJCCD 040-2

Darn That Dream (take 1)
Darn That Dream (take 8)
And Then I Wrote
Double Deal
No Hard Feelings
Love Walked In (take 1)
Love Walked In (take 11)
Lois Ann
Love For Sale
Stranger In Paradise
Mambo In Chimes (take 1)
Mambo In Chimes (take 11)
The Lamp Is Low

See session 15 and 16 notes


18&19/12/61 - New York - Milt Jackson - "Bags Meets Wes"

Milt Jackson (vib); Wes Montgomery (g); Wynton Kelly (p); Sam Jones (b); Philly Joe Jones (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-7/8.

Blue Roz (take 3)
Blue Roz (take 4)
Jingles (take 8)
Jingles (take 9)
Stairway To The Stars (take 2)
Stairway To The Stars (take 6)
Stablemates (take 2)
Stablemates (take 4)
Sam Sack (take 2)
Sam Sack (take 3)
S.K.J. (take 4)
S.K.J. (take 7)
Delilah (take 3)
Delilah (take 4)

See session 17 and 18 notes


25/6/62 - Wes Montgomery Quintet Live - "Full House"

Wes Montgomery (g); Johnny Griffin (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d).

Riverside 12RCD 4408-8/9

Come Rain Or Come Shine (take 1)
Come Rain Or Come Shine (take 2)
Born To Be Blue (take 1)
Born To Be Blue (take 2)
Blue 'n' Boogie (take 1)
Blue 'n' Boogie (take 2)
Cariba (take 1)
Cariba (take 2)
S.O.S. (take 2)
S.O.S. (take 3)
Full House
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

See session 19 notes

Full House

18&19/4/63 - Wes Montgomery And Strings - "Fusion"

Wes Montgomery (g); Kenny Burrell (g); Dick Hyman (p,celeste); Hank Jones (p,celeste); Milt Hinton (b);

Osie Johnson (d);Plus Orchestra conducted and arranged by Jimmy Jones. 12RCD 4408-10

In The Wee Small Hours..
Pretty Blue (take 1)
Pretty Blue (take 2)
The Girl Next Door (take 1)
The Girl Next Door (take 2)
God Bless The Child (take 2)
God Bless The Child (take 4)
My Romance
Prelude To A Kiss (take 2)
Prelude To A Kiss (take 3)
All The Way
Tune Up (take 1)
Tune Up (take 2/3)
Tune Up (take 4)
Tune Up (take 5)
Baubles, Bangles And Beads (take 3)
Baubles, Bangles And Beads (take 4)

See session 20, 21 and 22 notes


22/4/63 - New York - Wes Montgomery Trio - "Boss Guitar"

Wes Montgomery (g); Melvin Rhyne (org); Jimmy Cobb (d). Riverside 12RCD 4408-11

The Trick Bag (take 2/5)
The Trick Bag (take 6)
Days Of Wine And Roses
Canadian Sunset
Dearly Beloved
For Heaven's Sake
Besame Mucho (take 2)
Besame Mucho (take 3)
Fried Pies (take 1)
Fried Pies (take 2)
The Breeze And I

See session 23 notes

Boss Guitar

10/10/63 - Wes Montgomery Trio - "The Last Riverside Sessions"

Wes Montgomery (g); Melvin Rhyne (org); George Brown (d). 12RCD 4408-11/12; ** OJCCD 144-2

Moanin' (take 7)
Freddie The Freeloader
Movin' Along
Mi Cosa
Lolita **
Blues Riff **
Dangerous **
Yesterday's Child **

** A few words of explanation regarding these four tracks on OJCCD 144-2 ("Portrait Of Wes" ). Orrin Keepnews, in his session by session account of the Riverside recordings ("Wes Montgomery - The Complete Riverside Recordings" - 12 CD Box Set ), explains that although both he and Wes considered these tracks to be rejects their release was beyond his control after the demise of Riverside in 1964. He therefore disregarded them in the 12 CD Box Set.

27/11/63 - Same Personnel

For All We Know
The Way You Look Tonight (take 1)
The Way You Look Tonight (take 2)
Yesterday's Child
Blues Riff (take 7)
Blues Riff (take 8)
Moanin' (take 10)

See session 24 and 25 notes


New York City - November 1963 – “The Navy Swings”

Wes Montgomery (gtr); Billy Taylor (p); Grady Tate (d); Ben Tucker (b); Joe Williams* (voc).

VGM-SOU CD1 ("Live At Jorgies")

There Will Never Be....
A Beautiful Thing*
The More I See You
More Than Likely*

The four previously un-issued tracks above are contained in the reissue, on CD, of the LP "Live at Jorgie's".

“The Navy Swings”

Personnel (and date?) as above.

Available on Lonehill Jazz CD

A Grand Time For Swinging (solo)
Have A Good Time*
Until I Met You
I Won't Cry Any More
Body And Soul (solo)
All My Life
Alone Together

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