The title of this compilation tries to make Montgomery viable for a younger generation, but it's not exactly "acid jazz." Rather, it's an anthology of some of Montgomery's better pop- and soul-oriented material from the mid-'60s. The 16 tracks show Montgomery in both orchestral and small combo settings, a few cuts taken from his collaborations with Jimmy Smith. Purists have long disdained this phase of Montgomery's career. But those who don't measure work by how straight-ahead it is will find much to enjoy here, in either the cuts with Oliver Nelson's orchestra, or the less elaborate sessions with the likes of Smith, Grady Tate, Ron Carter, and Ray Barretto.
1 Movin' Wes - Part 1 (3:28)
2 Movin' Wes - Part 2 (2:51) Orchestra - Johnny Pate's Orchestra
3 Bumpin' On Sunset (4:49) Orchestra - Claus Ogerman's Orchestra
4 Green Peppers (2:55) Orchestra - Don Sebesky's Orchestra
5 O.G.D. (Aka "Road Song") (6:05)
6 In An Out (2:49)
7 Impressions (5:02)
8 13 (Aka "Death March") (5:19) Orchestra - Don Sebesky's Orchestra
9 The Thumb (4:48)
10 Boss City (3:43) Orchestra - Oliver Nelson's Orchestra
11 Sunny (4:02)
12 Mr. Walker (3:38) Orchestra - Don Sebesky's Orchestra
13 Bumpin' (6:50) Orchestra - Don Sebesky's Orchestra
14 Willow Weep For Me (7:35)
15 Tequila (3:21)
16 Night Train (6:46) Orchestra - Oliver Nelson's Orchestra
Wes Montgomery (guitar); Don Sebesky (conductor, arranger); Jack Jennings (vibraphone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Smith (organ); Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Richard Davis (bass); Grady Tate, Jimmy Cobb (drums); Ray Barretto (conga).
Johnny Pate's Orchestra includes: Johnny Pate (conductor, arranger); Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Quentin Jackson, Chauncey Welsch (trombone); Bobby Scott (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Claus Ogerman's Orchestra includes: Claus Ogerman (conductor, arranger); Bernard Eichen, Arnold Eidus, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Julius Held, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Gene Orloff (violin); Abe Kessler, Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Harvey Shapiro (cello); Cedar Walton (piano); Grady Tate (drums); Ray Barretto (conga).
Don Sebesky's Orchestra includes: Don Sebesky (conductor, arranger); Stan Webb (alto & baritone saxophones, English horn, clarinet); Ray Beckenstein (alto saxophone, flute, piccolo); Walter Kane (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bassoon); Mel Davis, Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); Wayne Andre, John Messner, Bill Watrous (trombone); James Buffington (French horn); Don Butterfield (tuba); Arnold Eidus, Lewis Eley, Paul Gershman, Louis Haber, Julius Held, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malignaggi, Gene Orloff, Sol Shapiro (violin); Harold Coletta, David Schwartz (cello); George Ricci, Charles McCracken (cello); Margaret Ross (harp); Herbie Hancock, Roger Kellaway (piano); Richard Davis, Bob Cranshaw (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Ray Barretto (conga).
Oliver Nelson's Orchestra includes: Oliver Nelson (conductor, arranger); Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Phil Woods (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bob Ashton (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Romeo Penque (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, bassoon); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Donald Byrd, Danny Moore (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Dick Hixson, Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston, Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (trombone); Jerome Richardson (flute, clarinet); Jimmy Smith (organ); Richard Davis, George Duvivier (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Ray Barretto (conga).
Compilation producer: Aric Lach Morrison.
Principally recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between 1964 and 1966.
Includes liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
Label: Verve Records