Album Details

Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Guitar Jazz

Album Review

Although most Wes Montgomery fans associate his playing with strings with his later A&M and Verve recordings, the influential guitarist actually fronted a string section for the first time on this Riverside date from 1963, which had the ironic name of Fusion. As with his later albums, Montgomery's guitar solos here are brief and melodic but the jazz content is fairly high even if the emphasis is (with the exception of "Tune Up") on ballads. This CD has three additional performances not included on the original LP and is worth picking up; the music is quite pretty and pleasing.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. All the Way
  2. Pretty Blue [Take 2]
  3. Pretty Blue [*][Take]
  4. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  5. Prelude to a Kiss
  6. The Girl Next Door
  7. My Romance
  8. God Bless the Child
  9. Tune Up [Take 5]
  10. Tune Up [*][Take]
  11. Tune Up [*][Take]
  12. Somewhere
  13. Baubles, Bangles and Beads