Fusion! Wes Montgomery with Strings

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Fusion!: Wes Montgomery with Strings
Studio album by Wes Montgomery
Released 1963
Recorded August 18, 1963 at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 42:39 (Reissue)
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Wes Montgomery chronology
Full House
(1962)
Fusion!: Wes Montgomery with Strings
(1963)
Boss Guitar
(1963)

Fusion!: Wes Montgomery with Strings is the eighth album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1963.

History[edit]

Fusion was the first album Montgomery recorded along with a string session. This would become more commonplace on his later releases on the Verve and A&M label.[1][2]

It has been reissued by Original Jazz Classics with additional alternate takes and all the tracks are also available on the Wes Montgomery compilation CD The Complete Riverside Recordings.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Scott Yanow praised the album "As with his later albums, Montgomery's guitar solos here are brief and melodic but the jazz content is fairly high even if the emphasis is (with the exception of "Tune Up") on ballads... worth picking up; the music is quite pretty and pleasing."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All the Way" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 2:39
  2. "Pretty Blue" (Wes Montgomery) – 3:40
  3. "Pretty Blue" [Alternate take] (Montgomery) – 2:58
  4. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Elliott) – 2:51
  5. "Prelude to a Kiss" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Irving Gordon) – 3:08
  6. "The Girl Next Door" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 3:08
  7. "My Romance" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:31
  8. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.) – 3:19
  9. "Tune Up" (Miles Davis) – 3:14
  10. "Tune Up" [Alternate take] (Davis) – 5:09
  11. "Tune Up" [Alternate take] (Davis) – 4:44
  12. "Somewhere" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 3:30
  13. "Baubles, Bangles & Beads" (George Forrest, Robert Wright, Alexander Borodin) – 2:19

Personnel[edit]

  • Wes Montgomery – guitar
  • Milt Hinton – bass
  • Kenny Burrell – guitar
  • Dick Hyman – piano, celeste
  • Hank Jones – piano, celeste
  • Osie Johnson – drums
  • Phil Bodner – woodwinds
  • Burt Fisch – viola
  • Ralph Hersh – viola
  • Alfred Brown – viola
  • Leo Kruczek – violin
  • Harry Lookofsky – violin
  • Mac Ceppos – violin
  • Winston Collymore – violin
  • Arnold Eidus – violin
  • David Nadien – violin
  • Gene Orloff – violin, concert master
  • Raoul Poliakin – violin
  • Samuel Rand – violin
  • Sylvan Shulman – violin
  • Paul Winter – violin
  • Isadore Zir – violin
  • George Ricci – cello
  • Lucien Schmit – cello
  • Charles McCracken – cello
  • Kermit Moore – cello
  • Margaret Ross – harp
  • Gloria Agostini – harp

Production notes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Fustion! Wes Montgomery with Strings > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Woodard, Josef (July–August 2005). "Wes Montgomery: The Softer Side of Genius'". JazzTimes. 

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