WES MONTGOMERY
Boss Guitar
(Riverside / Concord Music Group)

 

There’s only one cure for the blues on a stormy Monday and that’s to spin the upbeat, inspirational music of guitar great Wes Montgomery. Before he moved on to CTI Records, Wes was a king of the long players at the Riverside label and, delving into the Riverside vaults, Concord makes good on the Montgomery legend with a 2010 CD reissue of Boss Guitar—recorded in NYC on April 22, 1963. Boss Guitar typifies the class and finesse Montgomery brought to the world of early ‘60s jazz and backing up the guitarist on this recording are Mel Rhyne (Hammond B-3 organ) and Jimmy Cobb (drums). For the Concord Music Group remasters, the label has employed the golden ears of Joe Tarantino, who has done an impressive job on the remastered CD sound of Boss Guitar. The album is part of the latest series of CD remasters from Concord Music Group that shines a light on their famous Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. Commenting on the series, Nick Phillips of Concord adds, ‘Like the previous titles in the series, these are all-time classic recordings by some of the most legendary artists in the history of jazz.’ Also released with the Wes title in this late 2010 CD reissue blast from Concord is Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus by Vince Guaraldi Trio. Although best known for his piano-based impressions of the Peanuts cartoon series, Guaraldi became a legend overnight with his Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus soundtrack which—recorded in late ‘61 and early ‘62—included his most treasured composition, the ever brilliant “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”. Released initially on Fantasy Records—now part of the Concord Music Group—the 2010 CD remaster of this Guaraldi favorite features the original eight cut album as well as five bonus cuts. Same pretty much could be said for the other recent CD reissue titles in Concord’s Original Jazz Classics Remasters, including Dig by Miles Davis featuring Sonny Rollins (recorded in October 1951 for Prestige Records), Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen To You (from trumpet master turned singer Chet Baker, recorded in August 1958 for the Riverside label) and Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans Trio (recorded live at the Village Vanguard in June 1961). 24-bit remastering, insightful new liner notes and key bonus tracks makes each of these essential jazz CD remasters from Concord Music Group satisfying listening for long time jazz fans and newcomers alike. www.ConcordMusicGroup.com

 

 
   
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