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Road Song album

In Album, Road Song on September 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Studio album by Wes Montgomery

Released: 1968

Recorded: May 7 – 9, 1968 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Label:  A&M

Producer:  Creed Taylor

Road Song is an album by guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1968. It reached number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart and number 39 on the R&B chart. It also reached number 94 on the Billboard 200. It was his final recording before his death of a heart attack on June 15, 1968.

In his Allmusic review, music critic Scott Yanow wrote “The great guitarist sticks to simple melody statements (with a lot of octaves thrown in) while backed by Don Sebesky’s unimaginative arrangements for an orchestra; commercially the combination was a big success… this strictly for-the-money effort can be safely passed by.”

 Track listing

  1. “Road Song” (Wes Montgomery) – 3:53
  2. “Greensleeves” (Public Domain, Traditional) – 2:04
  3. “Fly Me to the Moon” (Bart Howard) – 2:53
  4. “Yesterday” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:26
  5. “I’ll Be Back” (Lennon, McCartney) – 2:33
  6. “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” (Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Traditional) – 4:55
  7. “Green Leaves of Summer” (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster, Montgomery) – 3:58
  8. “Serene” (Montgomery) – 3:10
  9. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (Pete Seeger) – 3:06

 Personnel

  • Wes Montgomery – guitar
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Grady Tate – drums
  • Ed Shaughnessy – drums
  • Ray Barretto – percussion
  • Jack Jennings – percussion
  • Bernie Glow – trumpet
  • Marvin Stamm – trumpet
  • Wayne Andre – trombone
  • Paul Faulise – trombone
  • Donald Ashworth – flute, clarinet, oboe, recorder, English Horn
  • James Buffington – French Horn
  • Harvey Estrin – flute, recorder
  • Stan Webb – flute, clarinet, oboe, recorder
  • George Marge – flute, clarinet, oboe
  • Don Hammond – flute, recorder
  • Hank Jones – harpsichord, piano
  • Walter Kane – bassoon
  • Bernard Krainis – recorder
  • Eric Leber – harpsichord, recorder
  • Bernard Eichen – violin
  • Charles Libove – violin
  • Tosha Samaroff – violin
  • Charles McCracken – cello
  • George Ricci – cello
  • Alan Shulman – cello
  • Emanuel Vardi – viola

Production notes:

  • Creed Taylor – producer
  • Don Sebesky – arranger, conductor
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Pete Turner – cover photo, photography
  • Sam Antupit – design
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