Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Movin' along with Wes
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 11/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
As Wes Montgomery's biographer Adrian Ingram has written, 1960 "was a very good year for Wes." He recorded six albums that year, two under his own leadership, and one each with Nat Adderley, Harold Land, Cannonball Adderley, and with his brothers under the collective name The Montgomery Brothers, all on the Riverside or Fantasy label. All the albums were critical successes and Wes went on to win Downbeat's New Star award for the year. A good year indeed!
MOVIN' ALONG was made in October, 10 months after the incredible INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR session, and was a West Coast date. James Clay appears on tenor and flute and Victor Feldman is on piano (Sam Jones [b] and Louis Hayes [d] round out the rhythm section). Everyone is in good form.
The title track is a slow blues written by Wes, and contains a haunting guitar solo; Clifford Brown's SANDU, also a blues, done in medium tempo, is a classy tune done up nicely. TUNE-UP and BODY AND SOUL come in two different takes, the alternate take of the latter being a full 4 minutes longer than the originally issued take.
The highlight for me is SO DO IT!, a Montgomery original, a tune I woke up to every morning at 7 am, as did many jazz fans in the NYC area in the 1960s, it being the opening theme song to Ed Beach's JUST JAZZ program on WRVR. It's a great tune and has wonderful playing by everyone. My only complaint with this album is the miking of James Clay: often he sounds as if he was recording from inside a closet. Other than that, it's a great CD, definitely worth checking out."
Anthony Cooper | Louisville, KY United States | 09/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The liner notes for "Movin' Along", like so many other liner notes, heap a lot of praise on this album, saying it's the best studio album by Wes Montgomery (at the time the album came out, obviously). Unfortunately, the album doesn't live up to that promise. The title track starts with some hesitant flute playing by James Clay. "Tune Up" is much better. The bands swings at a lively pace. "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance" doesn't quite live up to Wes' potential. "Sandu" is another swinger a la "Tune Up". The "Body And Soul" version is pretty good, Wes plays with a lot of taste. "So Do It!" has a riff that sounds like a cousin of "Sandu". "Says You" ends the disc on a pretty good note. Wes' guitar playing is better than most guitar players on this CD, but he is not at his personal best. The bigger problem is that I'm not a fan of James Clay's flute & sax work. He doesn't show up on any other jazz albums I've heard, perhaps his contemporaries heard what I'm hearing.
This disc has its charms, but ultimately it's a notch below CD's like "The Wes Montgomery Trio", "Boss Guitar", "Full House", and of course "The Incredible Jazz Guitar"."
... And Movin' Right Along to Wes!
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 07/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jazz guitarist extraordinare Wes Montgomery's third album as a leader, "Movin' Along," was recorded for the Riverside label on October 12, 1960. It features an incredible lineup of James Clay on flute and tenor sax, and the rhythm trio of Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums (who also partnered on some slammin' Cannonball Adderley discs). While Wes can certainly hold his own with just a trio (as he does beautifully on "The Incredible Jazz Guitarist," "Groove Yard" and "Smokin' at the Half Note"), I personally find his recordings with sax added to the frontline even more compelling. As a result, "Movin' Along," along with "Full House," will always be my favorite Wes albums. Now, if they could only find some decent recordings of the short-lived partnership of Wes with Coltrane!"