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  • Vinyl (12 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Analogue Productions
  • ASIN: B0025KN4MY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,032,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. S.K.J.
2. Stablemates
3. Stairway to the Stars [Take 3]
4. Blue Roz
5. Sam Sack
6. Jingles [Take 9]
7. Delilah [Take 4][*]
8. Stairway to the Stars [Take 2][*]
9. Jingles [Take 8][*]
10. Delilah [Take 3][*]

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terence Peddle on 25 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
as all keepnews remasters are 24 bit and you really notice the benefit on this very very classy album.2 jazz giants utterly superb combination,very very highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great Minds Think and Play Alike 3 Dec 2004
By Caponsacchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A warped vinyl copy finally prompted replacement. Though a purchase of necessity for me, the bonus tracks and judiciously remastered sound of the CD reissue make it an attractive pick-up even for an owner of a vintage LP copy.

To state that Bags makes a more satisfying complement to Wes' musical voice than to Coltrane's (which is not to say that the Jackson-Coltrane session is without its own merits) may be obvious, given their mutual love of that common ground of blues and basic, pretty melodies that, for lack of a better term, was synonymous with "soul jazz" in the late 50's/early 60's. Small wonder that even the normally unfailingly hip, often "in-a-hurry" Philly Joe can't resist providing a big back-beat to the no-holds-barred funk of the three lead soloists (once he settles in behind Wyn Kelly on "Blue Roz," you wish they'd keep it going for another couple of rounds). And listen to Wes comping behind Bags on "Sam Sack," supplying not just chords but infectious riffs.

It's fascinating to hear how this particular rhythm section meshes. Paul Chambers was the paragon of bass players, but listening to Sam Jones' gritty, more focused tone and more unforgiving pulse reminds me that he wasn't far behind the master. And whereas Paul could occasionally lose concentration, going along with the speed-up pulse of Philly Joe or the occasionally yielding one of Jimmy Cobb, Sam keeps Philly Joe in the pocket through all of the musical proceedings here.

Finally, Riverside did admirably by players like these (not to mention Bill Evans and the Adderley brothers). The drums and cymbals may not be as "forward" and the bass and piano as blatantly present as on a Blue Note-Van Gelder date. But the important sonorities have been captured, allowing for a "truer" sound from all of the principals, perhaps most notably Kelley's deft piano touch. The music stays in over-drive, not for an instant wearing out its welcome.

The fact that the bonus tracks are barely distinguishable from the masters hardly matters: more of the same is plenty good enough. (Either take is superior to all other versions--including Clifford's--of Victor Young's "Delilah.")
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
If you like guitar and vibes... 15 Dec 2002
By Jonathan M. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
... as I do, then you cannot pass this album by. It is just lovely playing by two wonderfully fluent soloists. My only quibble is with the extra takes on some of the numbers that have been inserted to make the original album a bit longer. They are good takes, but it would be better if the repeat takes were all placed at the end. Yes, I know you can rerecord the CD yourself and put the tracks in the order that you want...
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Two of the finest soloists of their era on a solid disc. 24 Aug 1999
By scottkh@kenyon.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Good ensemble players and two super-stars of 20th century jazz make this one a keeper. The repeated takes are rather redundant, but the inventive, controlled soloing on this album makes for rewarding listening. Personal favorite -- Delilah. For a vastly different take on SKJ (this record's first track) check out MJ's "Sunflower" album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My "Desert Island" Album!!! 17 Feb 2006
By Bill Ruxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Bags Meets Wes' was one of the first jazz LPs I acquired way back in the 60s, and it's still my all-time favorite. I never tire of listening to the masterful virtuosity and interplay of Wes, Milt, and Wynton Kelly with the able support of Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones. The opening riff of the first track, S.K.J. (Mrs. Jackson's initials) always blows me away, and keeps me there throughout the rest of the tracks.

You can tell from the grins on Milt's ("Bags") and Wes' faces on the cover photo that something special was going on here when Riverside's brilliant producer, Orrin Keepnews, got these two pals together to record in New York in December 1961.

I have an extensive collection of Wes' recordings, and they're all great, especially his early small group albums for Riverside. Even the later Verve sessions with heavy-handed Oliver Nelson arrangements of sappy pop tunes still show what he could do with lesser material and the confines of a large orchestra chart. But this album is the one I always come back to.

Any fan of jazz guitar, small combos, or aspiring jazz guitarist needs to listen to this album.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bags Meets Wes! - Essential! 16 Jun 2008
By Stephen Reddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Milt Jackson was 38 when, in December 1961, he co-led this superb hard-bop date with the distinctive guitarist Wes Montgomery. A jazzman who was as opinionated as he was gifted, Jackson wouldn't hesitate to tell you exactly what he thought of a musician -- so when he praised Montgomery, you knew his praise was genuine. Not surprisingly, the boppers prove to be quite compatible on Bags Meets Wes, which finds them co-leading an all star-quintet that also includes pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones (who shouldn't be confused with swing drummer Jo Jones). Although Jackson and Montgomery prove what lyrical ballad players they could be on the standard "Stairway to the Stars," ballads aren't a high priority on this album. Instead, the improvisers put more of their energy into the blues -- and the 12-bar format serves them well on "Sam Sack," "Blue Roz," and "S.K.J." Equally strong are hard-swinging versions of Montgomery's "Jingles" and Benny Golson's "Stablemates."
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