Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar); Mel Rhyne (organ); George Brown, Paul Parker, Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York in 1959 and 1963. Originally released on Riverside (9494). Includes original liner notes by Bob Messinger.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar); Melvin Rhyne (organ); George Brown , Jimmy Cobb , Paul Parker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: New York, NY (10/05/1959-11/27/1963).
Photographer: Lee Tanner.
Unknown Contributor Roles: George Brown ; Jimmy Cobb ; Paul Parker ; Melvin Rhyne.
Wes Montgomery's last record for Riverside found him the company of organist Mel Rhyne, with whom he had cut his first album for that label just four years earlier. In fact, GUITAR ON THE GO includes a Rhyne/Montgomery take from 1959: the original "Missile Blues," named for the lounge in Indianapolis where Montgomery had worked a steady gig before the jazz world discovered him. The guitarist clearly loved to play the blues, and this set includes two more, "Geno" and "Fried Pies."
In true reissue fashion GUITAR ON THE GO includes previously unreleased material. In this case that material is pretty noteworthy: an unidentified solo tune which Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews claims was one of only two such solos to be recorded for the label (the other was "While We're Young" on SO MUCH GUITAR). It's a beautiful, reflective closer to the album and to Montgomery's Riverside period. From 1964 until his premature death Montgomery would record a variety of more arranged and orchestrated albums with Creed Taylor (a notable exception being the live SMOKIN' AT THE HALF NOTE set), but in 1963 he was still just burning it up with small combos such as this.