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  Universal (Japan) -
  Wes Montgomery: California Dreaming
  "California Dreaming"

Wes Montgomery
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Review by analogue December 6, 2013 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This album has been released previously on sacd to mixed reviews. I purchased this newer remastering on SHm sacd and am very pleased.I have no doubt that this newer version is much better than the earlier one. There is only 36 minutes of music here but it does not seem short by any standard.

Rock in the mid to late 60's was all the rage and jazz was taking a back seat in popularity with the young kids.. Jazz tried to be ore hip and incorporate pop music into the jazz language. Hence we have California Dreaming by Wes Montgomery. If you are not familiar with this album you may be surprised to find that not only does Montgomery have his band with him but also he is backed by a big band orchestra that s shine to the proceedings. However the additional band adds flourishes and them vanishes for some time to allow Wes to play in his inimitable style.

Sonically this shm sacd is very beautiful to listen to. It is both lush and intimate, mellow but also soothing at the same time. Every once in a while there is a certain instrument that just comes out of the mix with a tremendously lifelike sound that is rather shocking. It might be cymbals or a sax.
Montgomery's electric guitar is rendered very palpable with great presence, the sound stage is wide with a very defined bottom end. There is also a very delicate sound to this sacd that I rather like. It really does grow on the listener after multiple plays.

I am a fan of this newer shm sacd and highly recommend it. This is easily in the top tiered jazz releases by Universal Japan.
Play it very loud and chill out.

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