Sunday, July 19, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery

Artist:Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
Song:O.G.D. (AKA The Road Song)
Album:Jimmy & Wes The Dynamic Duo

Guitarist Wes Montgomery took a lot of criticism for making pop albums in the mid-60s on Verve. Of course the guys behind that were producer Creed Taylor and arrangers like Claus Ogerman and Don Sebesky. But Montgomery could still play and he recorded a couple of albums with legendary organist Jimmy Smith that are worth your time. Smith came to Verve in 1962 from Blue Note and he also worked with Taylor. So it's not surprising that Taylor decided to pair up his two most popular artists. They recorded two albums of material in Sept. 1966. Jimmy & Wes The Dynamic Duo was released first. Musicians were Richard Davis on bass, Grady Tate on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Horns were added on some tracks which included guys like Phil Woods and Clark Terry. The horns were arranged by Oliver Nelson. The second album Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes were from the same sessions. O.G.D. is a Montgomery song that was on Further Adventures. When Verve released The Dynamic Duo on CD in 1997, an alternate take of O.G.D. was added as a bonus track. Both albums are recommended but The Dynamic Duo is more reasonably priced. Soon after this, Montgomery went with Taylor to A & M Records. But Smith stayed at Verve until 1973. And of course Montgomery died of a heart attack on June 15, 1968 at age 45. So this was the only time Smith and Montgomery recorded together. Be sure to check it out. Here's a video of O.G.D. (AKA The Road Song) by Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery.

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