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Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery: Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965)

Smokin' at the Half Note

Track list:

A1 01. No Blues
A2 02. If You Could See Me Now

B1 03. Unit 7
B2 04. Four on Six
B3 05. What’s New ?

Personnel:

Wes Montgomery – guitar
Wynton Kelly – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums

Recorded:
#1,2: at the Half Note, New York City, N.Y.; June 24, 1965;
#3-5: at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliff, N.J.; September 22, 1965
Released: 1965
Label: Verve V6 8633 (UCJU-9083)

Producer: Creed Taylor
Engineer: Rudy van Gelder
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin

Liner Notes: Chuck Taylor

Cover Photo: Jon Henry
Cover Design: Acy Lehman

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In 1998, Verve re-issued the show on disc two of Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides with a scrambled track order and some crucial cuts.

The first five tracks are from the original Verve LP.

The tracks six through eleven are from the posthumously released Willow Weep for Me without that album’s string arrangements.

Pat Metheny once said, “I learned to play listening to Wes Montgomery’s Smokin’ at The Half Note.”

In addition, Metheny stated to the New York Times in 2005 that the solo on “If You Could See Me Now,” from this album is his favorite of all time.

Track list:

Vol. 1 (The original LP)
01. “No Blues” (Miles Davis) – 13:00
02. “If You Could See Me Now” (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) – 6:45
03. “Unit 7” (Sam Jones) – 7:30
04. “Four on Six” (Wes Montgomery) – 6:45
05. “What’s New?” (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 6:00

Vol. 2
01. “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 5:32
02. “Oh, You Crazy Moon” – 5:35
03. “Four on Six” (Wes Montgomery)– 9:26
04. “Misty” (Erroll Garner) – 7:00

2005 Remastered CD issue
01. “No Blues” (Miles Davis) – 12:57
02. “If You Could See Me Now” (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman)– 8:21
03. “Unit 7” (Sam Jones) – 6:44
04. “Four on Six” (Montgomery) – 6:43
05. “What’s New?” (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 6:10
06. “Willow Weep for Me” (Ann Ronell) – 9.08
07. “Portrait Of Jennie” – 3.27
08. “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 6.12
09. “Oh, You Crazy Moon” – 5.29
10. “Misty” (Garner) – 6.55
11. “Impressions” (John Coltrane) – 5.03

~[wikipedia,Dec,2013]

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