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Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes


The gem of all these pieces is Stairway to the Stars. Milt is also one of the few true ballad players in jazz, probably because he is a true romantic, and his ballad mastery is richly demonstrated here. Wes has a lovely, moving short bit, reminiscent of the late Django Reinhardt. Together they create, if you will, the best of all possible mood music.

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SKU: Riverside RLP 9407 (45) [2] Categories: , , , Tags: , ,


Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery were made to play together. Each had redefined the technical and expressive capacities of their respective instruments, displayed limitless melodic invention and rhythmic resourcefulness, and provided models of honest, unaffected soul. Their pairing occurred when Jackson joined Montgomery as a Riverside recording artist in 1961 and placed them amidst what amounted to the label’s house rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones. Included in the program of standards and originals is a classic line by each leader, Montgomery’s “Jingles” (one of three tracks also heard in alternate takes) and Jackson’s saucy blues “S.K.J.” The entire session is a model of relaxed, conversational blowing by five masters.


1. S.K.J.
2. Stablemates
3. Stairway To The Stars
4. Blue Roz
5. Sam Sack
6. Jingles
7. Delilah


Additional information

Weight 0.700 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm