Wes Montgomery’s ‘Down Here on the Ground’

Wes Montgomery‘s ‘Down Here on the Ground’ is his nineteenth album recorded on December 20, 21, 1967 & January 22, 26, 1968 and released in 1968 By A&M.

Track Listing : 1.Wind Song (Herb Alpert, Nick Ceroli, Neil Larsen, John Pisano, Paul Francis Webster) – 02:22 . 2.Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 02:46 . 3.The Other Man’S Grass Is Always Greener (Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent) – 02:36 . 4.Down Here On The Ground (Lalo Schifrin, Gale Garnett) – 03:42 . 5.Up And At It (Wes Montgomery) – 04:15 . 6.Goin’ On To Detroit (Wes Montgomery) – 03:38 . 7.I Say A Little Prayer For You (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 03:18 . 8.When I Look In Your Eyes (Leslie Bricusse) – 03:11 . 9.Know It All (Quem Diz Que Sabe) (João Donato, Paulo Valle) – 02:59 . 10.The Fox (Lalo Schifrin) – 02:56

Musicians : Wes Montgomery – Guitar . Herbie Hancock – Piano . Ron Carter – Bass . Grady Tate – Drums . Ray Barretto – Percussion . Hubert Laws – Flute, Oboe . George Marge – Flute, Oboe . Romeo Penque – Flute, Oboe . Bobby Rosengarden – Percussion . Mike Mainieri – Vibraphone . Gene Orloff – Violin . Raoul Poliakin – Violin . George Ricci – Cello . Emanuel Vardi – Viola . Don Sebesky – Conductor

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Don Sebesky . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer . Kevin Reeves – Mastering

Arrangements : Don Sebesky

Package : Pete Turner – Photography . Isabelle Wong – Design . Sam Antupit – Design . Hollis King – Art Direction

Recorded On December 20, 21, 1967 January 22, 26, 1968 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Released In 1968 By A&M.

(Source Wes Montgomery‘s ‘Down Here on the Ground’ | The official Wes Montgomery site)

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This recording, with no extra material, alternate takes, or bonus tracks, cannot compare to Charlie Parker with strings. It does fall in that category of recordings where the musicians chose to produce, rather than create their personal brand of jazzand is at the very least an historical footnote. […]

Montgomery’s own “Up and At It” is a saucy little vampand “Goin’ on to Detroit,” with its simple, inspired melody combined with the guitarist’s customary twists tucked into the seamless flow, should be a standard. […]

crunchygusset @ RateYourMusic
The best thing about this is the album cover, although I am not sure what the relationship is? The music is jazz fusion and has dated badly like so much of the CTI catalogue. Not your classic Montgomery by any means. […]


Wes Montgomery‘s ‘Down Here on the Ground’



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