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WES MONTGOMERY: THE NDR HAMBURG STUDIO RECORDINGS

UNRELEASED STUDIO RECORDINGS (INCLUDES A BLU-RAY AS A BONUS)

He was one of the greats of jazz: the American guitarist Wes Montgomery. For all friends of this style-difining musician and beyond, JAZZLINE presents the NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings for the first time and thus never before published. In addition to Wes Montgomery, the musicians Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Ross, Martial Solal, Hans Koller, Michel Gaudry and Ronnie Stephenson took part in this sessions. A fascinating line-up! There is also a Blue Ray of the band's rehearsalsas a bonus.

In the spring of 1965 this outstanding guitarist had only three more years to live. Already in 1968 Wes Montgomery passed away after suffering a heart attack. The European concerts, particularly the happy hours spent at the NDR-Jazzworkshop on April 30, 1965 in Hamburg, were probably among the best memories Wes Montgomery had of himself and of the great art he mastered so well. A MUST HAVE ALBUM !

PERSONNEL:

Wes Montgomery - guitar

Hans Koller - alto sax

Johnny Griffin - tenor sax

Ronnie Scott - tenor Saxophone

Ronnie Ross - baritone sax

Martial Solal - piano

Michel Gaudry - bass

Ronnie Stepheson - drums

TRACKS:

01. West Coast Blues

02. Four On Six

03. Last Of The Wine

04. Heres That Rainy Day

05. Opening 2

06. Blue Grass

07. Blue Monk

08. The Leopard Walks

09. Twisted Blues

10. West Coast Blues (Encore)

Blu-ray [TOTAL LENGTH: 34.16]

The Rehersal - Recorded April 28, 1965 at NDR Studio 10, Hamburg

01. Blue Grass

02. On Green Dolphin Street

03. Blue Monk

04. Last of the Wine

05. West Coast Blues

 

https://www.jazzline-leopard.de/index.php/en/jazzline-en-menu/jazzline-katalog-en/218-wes-montgomery-en

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Saw this on Jazz Messengers today. Haven't ordered from Barcelona since the pandemic & screwy shipping. Looks like Dusty Groove & Amazon will also have it.

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Seems like a lot of unreleased Wes* has seen the light of day in the last 5-8 years. Question: Is that as much (or more) because he’s thought of (or hoped to be) a more viable “product” that might open up more wallets, than some other less bankable names?

*lotta Bill Evans too, come to think of it.

Maybe “a lot” is stretching it, but comparatively so — as compared to horn-players (not named Trane or Miles).

Not a complaint, so much as an observation. (Ok, ok — half a complaint, if I’m being honest.)

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If they sell it, they will build it..

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is there a link for the CD?  I can only find digital downloads.

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Amazon has these on their cd and vinyl pages.

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"unreleased", "never before published"?

3 tracks on NDR 629 851 entitled NDR JAZZWORKSHOP '65
7 tracks on Philology (I) W 97-2 (cd) entitled WES MONTGOMERY LIVE IN EUROPE
4 tracks on Gambit (E) 69225 entitled WES MONTGOMERY QUARTET LIVE IN BELGIUM 1965
2 tracks on Definitive (E) entitled THE INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR OF WES MONTGOMERY

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The Wes and Bill Evans craze are a Resonance thing.

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My guess is that it is CD and Blu-ray as described in the article.

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Posted (edited)

Just received the 2-disc set from Barcelona.

I went immediately to the Blu-Ray. It is a video disc. Amazing quality. How lucky we are to have such treasures in the best quality available.

Edited by RiRiIII
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My impression is that this is flying somewhat under the radar but of all the recent Montgomery-releases this may be the one to get. Wes was soaring during his brief tour of Europe in the spring of 1965, the band sounds tight and well-rehearsed and the audio by the radio-technicians of the NDR is simply sublime.

And I haven't even seen the Blu-Ray with the studio-rehearsal yet. Just a wonderful release.

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