Thursday, July 22, 2021

Wes Montgomery - I Say a Little Prayer for You (1968 recording)

Wes Montgomery - I Say a Little Prayer for You (1968 recording)

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche 

 

From the vinyl album Down Here on the Ground, an album by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery that was released in 1968. It reached number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart and number 4 on the R&B chart. It also reached number 38 on the Billboard 200. The song "Down Here on the Ground" is Montgomery's version of the theme song from the movie Cool Hand Luke by Lalo Schifrin. 

 

In his Allmusic review, music critic Michael G. Nastos wrote "The arrangements of Don Sebesky are for the most part pretty, unobtrusive, and pleasant but lack groove and soul in the main… In many real and important ways, this is the beginning of the end for Montgomery as a jazz artist, and the inception of bachelor pad lounge/mood music that only lasted for a brief time. This recording, with no extra material, alternate takes, or bonus tracks, cannot compare to Charlie Parker with strings. It does fall in that category of recordings where the musicians chose to produce, rather than create their personal brand of jazz, and is at the very least an historical footnote."


 

 • Wes Montgomery – guitar • Herbie Hancock – piano • Ron Carter – bass • Grady Tate – drums • Ray Barretto – percussion • Hubert Laws – flute, oboe • George Marge – flute, oboe • Romeo Penque – flute, oboe • Bobby Rosengarden – percussion • Mike Mainieri – vibraphone • Gene Orloff – violin • Raoul Poliakin – violin • George Ricci – cello • Emanuel Vardi – viola Production notes: • Creed Taylor – producer • Don Sebesky – arranger, conductor 

 

I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Image post and video art were appropriated from the original album.) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code §107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. 

 

As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album. 

 

Hope you enjoy. 

 

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