Wes Montgomery – The Alternative Wes Montgomery

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The Alternative Wes Montgomery is a compilation album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1963. It is composed of alternate unissued takes for previously issued albums on the Riverside label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This 1982 two-LP set 14 previously unissued alternate takes of Wes Montgomery recordings from his days on Riverside. This attractive two-fer does give listeners a strong overview of the great guitarist’s early recordings, including numbers with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, an organ trio with Mel Rhyne, a collaboration with vibraphonist Milt Jackson, meetings with his musical brothers Buddy and Monk, three quintet selections with James Clay and Victor Feldman, and an alternate version of “Tune Up” on which Montgomery is heard with a string section.

Track list:
“Born to be Blue” (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)
“S.O.S.” (Wes Montgomery) (Take 2)
“Come Rain or Come Shine” (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) (Take 1)
“Fried Pies” (Montgomery) (Take 1)
“Besame Mucho” (Consuelo Velázquez, Sunny Skylar) (Take 2)
“The Way You Look Tonight” (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields) (Take 2)
“Stairway to the Stars” (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli) (Take 2)
“Jingles” (Montgomery) (Take 8)
“Bock to Bock” (Montgomery) (Take 1)
“Doujie” (Take 7)
“Movin’ Along” (Montgomery) (Take 1)
“Body and Soul” (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) (Take 2)
“Tune Up” (Miles Davis) (Take 9)
“Tune Up” (With Strings) (Take 2)

Personnel:
Wes Montgomery – guitar
Paul Chambers – bass (2, 3)
Jimmy Cobb – drums (2, 3, 4, 5)
Wynton Kelly – piano (2, 3, 7, 8)
Johnny Griffin – saxophone (2, 3)
Mel Rhyne – organ (4, 5, 6)
George Brown – drums (6)
Sam Jones – bass (7, 8, 11, 12, 13)
Philly Joe Jones – drums (7, 8)
Milt Jackson – vibraphone (7, 8)
Monk Montgomery – bass (9, 10)
Buddy Montgomery – piano (9, 10)
Bobby Thomas – drums (9, 10)
Louis Hayes – drums (11, 12, 13)
James Clay – flute (11, 12, 13)
Victor Feldman – piano (11, 12, 13)
Milt Hinton – bass (14)
Osie Johnson – drums (14)
Kenny Burrell – guitar (14)
Margaret Rose – harp (14)
Dick Hyman – piano (14)
Jimmy Jones – string arrangement (14)
Gene Orloff – concertmaster (14)
Phil Bodner – woodwinds (14)

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Released: 1963
Recorded: October 12, 1960 – November 27, 1963
Label: Riverside
Producer: Orrin Keepnews

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