Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes VG+/VG+

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“Bags Meets Wes!” is a celebrated jazz album that brings together two titans of the genre: vibraphonist Milt Jackson and guitarist Wes Montgomery. Released on December 6, 1961, the album marks a momentous collaboration in the world of jazz, blending Jackson’s cool, fluid vibes with Montgomery’s warm, inventive guitar playing.

The album, recorded for the Riverside label, showcases a quintet setting, with Jackson and Montgomery joined by a stellar rhythm section featuring pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. This lineup ensures a rich, vibrant backdrop for the interplay between the lead instruments.

The repertoire on “Bags Meets Wes!” is a mix of jazz standards and original compositions. The tracklist includes Montgomery’s “Jingles” and Jackson’s “Sam Sack,” alongside renditions of classics like “Stairway to the Stars” and “Delilah.” The arrangements allow ample space for both Jackson and Montgomery to shine, with each track featuring a blend of laid-back grooves and intricate solos.

The interplay between Jackson and Montgomery is the heart of the album. Jackson, known as “Bags,” brings his signature blues-inflected style on the vibraphone, while Montgomery, a self-taught genius of the guitar, delivers his fluid, octave-laden lines. Their mutual respect and understanding are evident throughout the album, making “Bags Meets Wes!” a masterclass in collaborative jazz.

The production of the album is crisp and balanced, capturing the nuances of both the vibraphone and guitar. The warmth of Montgomery’s playing complements the cooler tones of Jackson’s vibes, creating a dynamic and engaging listening experience.

“Bags Meets Wes!” has since become a classic in the jazz canon, celebrated for its exceptional musicianship and the remarkable synergy between two of jazz’s greatest artists.

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Cat No: SMJ6058

Japanese pressing. With Obi. Some light foxing.

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