Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Broadcasts (1965) 2013

The Unissued 1965 Half Note Broadcasts

Track list:

01. Impressions
02. Mi Cosa [unaccompanied guitar]
03. Blues #1
04. Birks’ Works
05. Laura
06. Cariba
07. Blues #2
08. Four On Six
09. Blues #3 / Closing announcements
10. All The Things You Are
11. I Remember You


Wes Montgomery – guitar
Wynton Kelly – piano
Ron Carter – bass (1-3)
Larry Ridley – bass (4-11)
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Announcer: Alan Grant

“Portraits in Jazz” Radio show hosted by Alan Grant on WABC-FM New York

Recorded: live at the Half Note, New York City, NY;
#01-03: ??? February 12, 1965 ???
#04-11: ??? February 19, 1965 ???

Note: Even though these are the dates provided by most sources, their validity remians in doubt

Released: 2013
Label: Jazz on Jazz – 244555


Liner Notes: Marta Renard (2013)

Photography: Ted Williams


This release presents two complete never before (never before ? see NB) heard 1965 radio broadcasts from the Half Note in New York, showcasing the great Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio.

The pianist’s trio featured Jimmy Cobb on drums, and two different bassists, Ron Carter and Larry Ridley, replacing the regular member Paul Chambers, who for some reason couldn’t attend the shows.

These performances took place a few months before the well-known recordings made by Montgomery and Kelly for Verve at the same venue, issued as Smokin’ at the Half Note.

Among the many highlights, these programs contain an amazing unaccompanied guitar version of Wes’ Mi Cosa, his only live readings of All the Things You Are, and his own composition Cariba, as well as the guitarist’s only existing versions of Birks’ Works, Laura and I Remember You !

NB: A japanese disc from December 1994, titled “Smokin’ Guitar” (Toko Records WM94-12) contains 6 titles from this release and consequently partial reissue (Birk’s Works ; Four on Six ; Laura ; Cariba ; All the Things You Are & I Remember You)…