Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith

Down by the Riverside

Dynamic Duo

Verve, 1966  

Creed Taylor matched two of his most famous artists, Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, on this session (Montgomery's last for Verve), and the results are incendiary — a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang.Smith comes at your throat with his big attacks and blues runs while Montgomery responds with rounder, smoother octaves and single notes that still convey much heat. They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound. The romping, aggressive big band charts — Oliver Nelson at his best — on “Down by the Riverside” 

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Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith

Down by the Riverside

Dynamic Duo

Verve, 1966  

Creed Taylor matched two of his most famous artists, Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith, on this session (Montgomery's last for Verve), and the results are incendiary — a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang.Smith comes at your throat with his big attacks and blues runs while Montgomery responds with rounder, smoother octaves and single notes that still convey much heat. They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound. The romping, aggressive big band charts — Oliver Nelson at his best — on “Down by the Riverside” 

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