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Milt Jackson/Wes Montgomery: Bags Meets Wes! [Remaster]

Audio Samples

>S.K.J.
>Stablemates - (take)
>Stairway to the Stars - (Take 6)
>Blue Roz
>Sam Sack
>Jingles - (take 9)
>Delilah - (take 4)
>Stablemates [Take 4] - (Take 2, bonus track)
>Stairway to the Stars [Take 2] - (take 8, bonus track)
>Jingles [Take 8] - (Take 3, bonus track)
>Delilah [Take 3] - (take)

Track List

>S.K.J.
>Stablemates - (take)
>Stairway to the Stars - (Take 6)
>Blue Roz
>Sam Sack
>Jingles - (take 9)
>Delilah - (take 4)
>Stablemates [Take 4] - (Take 2, bonus track)
>Stairway to the Stars [Take 2] - (take 8, bonus track)
>Jingles [Take 8] - (Take 3, bonus track)
>Delilah [Take 3] - (take)

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

2008 24 bit remaster from the original master tapes.

Album Reviews:

Q (5/00, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Knuckle-chewing stuff, from start to finish."

Q (5/00, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Knuckle-chewing stuff, from start to finish."

Album Notes

Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on December 18 & 19, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (9407). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.

Digitally remastered by Steve Hoffman.

Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York, New York on December 18 & 19, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (9407). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.

Digitally remastered using 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology.

Personnel: Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Wynton Kelly (piano); Sam Jones (bass instrument); Philly Joe Jones (drums, drum).

Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.

Recording information: Plaza Sound Studios, New York, NY (12/18/1961-12/19/1961).

One of the classic hard-bop collaborations, BAGS MEETS WES! presents guitarist Wes Montgomery and vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson in an excellent 1961 session. Montgomery's warm, rootsy tone and blues-derived style provided a perfect complement to Jackson's intellectual, traditional bop approach, and the two achieve natural, sometimes scintillating dialogues on this date.

Backed by a hard-to-beat band--pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones--Bags and Wes play largely in a blues mode here, with plenty of stretching out over the 12-bar progressions. Jackson's "S.K.J." kicks off the set, and proves one of the highlights, as does Montgomery's "Jingles," an up-tempo, minor-key groove-laden song on which the co-leaders unfurl vibrantly melodic lines during their solos.



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