Portrait of Wes

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Portrait of Wes
Portrait of Wes.jpg
Studio album by Wes Montgomery
Released 1963
Recorded October 10, 1963 at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 41:31 (Reissue)
Label Riverside
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Wes Montgomery chronology
Boss Guitar
(1963)Boss Guitar1963
Portrait of Wes
Guitar on the Go
(1963)Guitar on the Go1963

Portrait of Wes is the tenth album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1963.


Portrait of Wes is one of the two issues of Wes Montgomery's last cut for Riverside Records. His performances in October and November 1963 are issued as two albums by Riverside. The other album is released as Guitar on the Go which is the last official album of Montgomery under his Riverside contract. Ironically, Montgomery worked with Melvin Rhyne for his first recordings for Riverside and with this performance, he again worked with Rhyne, but this time for his last recordings for soon to be bankrupt Riverside.[1]

It has been reissued by Original Jazz Classics with additional alternate takes.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Allmusic jazz critic Scott Yanow said of Portrait of Wes: "The brilliant guitarist is in fine form on these appealing tunes with the highlights including "Freddie the Freeloader," "Blues Riff" and "Moanin.'"[1]

Track listing[edit]

Original Issue by Riverside[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Freddie The Freeloader" - 5:14
  2. "Lolita" - 6:32
  3. "Movin' Along" - 6:16

Side 2:

  1. "Dangerous" (Montgomery) – 7:03
  2. "Yesterday's Child" (Charles DeForest) – 4:14
  3. "Moanin'" (Bobby Timmons) – 5:48

Reissue By Original Jazz Classics[edit]

  1. "Freddie Freeloader" (Miles Davis) – 5:16
  2. "Lolita" (Barry Harris) – 6:36
  3. "Blues Riff" (Wes Montgomery) – 6:18
  4. "Blues Riff" [Alternate take] (Montgomery) – 8:14
  5. "Dangerous" (Montgomery) – 7:03
  6. "Yesterday's Child" (Charles DeForest) – 4:14
  7. "Moanin'" (Bobby Timmons) – 5:48
  8. "Moanin'" [Alternate take] (Timmons) – 4:35


Production notes:

  • Orrin Keepnews – producer
  • Ray Fowler – engineer
  • Sam Alexander - Album Design
  • Carl Grassini - Cover Painting


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Portrait of Wes > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 146. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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