Wes Montgomery records ‘Smokin’ at the Half Note’ with the Wynton Kelly Trio for Verve (1965)

‘Smokin’ at the Half Note’ by Wes Montgomery & the Wynton Kelly Trio is their second collaboration album recorded live in late June 1965 and in studio, on September 22, 1965 and released the same year by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.No Blues (Miles Davis) – 13:00 . 2.If You Could See Me Now (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) – 06:45 . 3.Unit 7 (Sam Jones) – 07:30 . 4.Four On Six (Wes Montgomery) – 06:45 . 5.What’S New? (Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke) – 06:00 . 6.The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein Ii) – 05:32 . 7.Oh, You Crazy Moon (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 05:35 . 8.Four On Six (Wes Montgomery) – 09:26 . 9.Misty (Erroll Garner) – 07:00

Musicians : Wes Montgomery – Guitar . Wynton Kelly – Piano . Paul Chambers – Bass . Jimmy Cobb – Drums

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer . Val Valentin – Engineer

Package : Acy Lehman – Cover Design

Recorded In June 1965 At The Half Note Club In New York City And September 22, 1965 At Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Released In 1965 By Verve.

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All About Jazz
I never caught Wes Montgomery live, but I’ve heard that visually he was the mirror image of his music—efficient, composed, resourceful—without the least hint of wasted motion, just like Bird and Tatum. […]

PopMatters
Although Smokin’ at the Half Note was promoted and culturally absorbed as a live record, in reality only two of its five songs were actually culled from live club sessions. […]

100 Greatest Jazz Albums
The conjecture that great music in jazz always depends on a co-operation with other musicians on a point of greatness themselves is more than borne out here. Wes Montgomery is provided with the ideal vehicle in which to excel. […]

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