Wes Montgomery S/D

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Classic! no need for that thread!

Search: Smokin' at the Half Note!!!

chaki, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 22:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

YES - The Half Note set kills, just about flawless

Also, see the album with Jimmy Smith, "Dynamic Duo"

christoff, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 22:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

thought that wes had too smooth a tone when i first heard him -- but then started listening to what he was actually playing. Dude is off the hook! Would love to see video of his hands just to see what the hell he is doing. I love him now. Half Note is sweet, as is Full House (same Kind of Blue rhythm section) and yeah, those Jimmy Smith rekkids are good. I actually dig a lot of his later A&M stuff too, even though it is certainly a smoother jazz. never heard any of the Montgomery Bros. recordings -- any good?

tylerw, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 23:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

and what about those later CTI releases?

chaki, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 23:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Search Incredible Jazz Guitar of

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 23:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

> Would love to see video of his hands just to see what the hell he is doing.

Ever heard of youtube?






Oilyrags, Thursday, 9 August 2007 00:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

wes is the coolest

chaki, Tuesday, 14 August 2007 18:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love the Verve stuff. Don't believe for a minute that he was any less of a player after he left Riverside. Sure, some of the arrangements veer towards easy listening and some are silly, but there are some hard-charging tracks on these LPs! I seriously think that Wes's solo on "What the World Needs Now", off Tequila, is his BEST SOLO EVER. I've listened to it hundreds of times and it still kills me. Usually on the Verve LPs there will be a couple of tracks to show off the arrangements (throw Oliver Nelson a bone or whoever else was doing the record), then there will be a couple of smaller group numbers (which will get down and dirty a bit) and then usually one or two just beautiful chord-melody ballads that might have a bit of the big-band/orchestra but is mainly about Wes. If you can get past the 60's "bachelor pad"/lounge vibe some of the tunes have, there are some great, great moments on all the Verve LPs (I have them all except for California Dreamin'). The ones with Jimmy Smith are awesome too.

Also absolutely search the live stuff from the one Europe tour that was recorded I think in '65. The tracks have been re-issued countless times under a bazillion different names but they are pretty easy to spot. I think this stuff is even more burnin' than Full House (which is also fantastic), Wes plays like a man possessed on the fast tracks here and tears up the place.

Not much to destroy but I never got into Bags Meets Wes although its reputation is pretty high. He plays with a different tone on that one and it always kind of bothered me.

Johnny Hotcox, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 01:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Man, I forgot how great his chord solos were.

Love this guy.

Albert Jeans (Hurting 2), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

(particularly in re West Coast Blues)

Albert Jeans (Hurting 2), Monday, 10 November 2008 17:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love any of his records with mel rhyne (and mel rhyne's more recent trio stuff w/peter bernstein and kenny washington)

Jordan, Monday, 10 November 2008 17:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

anyone heard this yet? The first full album of previously unheard Wes Montgomery music in over 25 years contains studio & live performances recorded in Indianapolis 1957 1958! Includes four tracks recorded at Indianapolis s famed club, The Hub Bub. 24-page booklet with family photographs provided by the Montgomery family. Liner notes by some of music s most respected writers including Dan Morgenstern, David N. Baker, Bill
Milkowski, Michael Cuscuna, and others.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink


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The Merch Seat (admrl), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

review on amazon sez:
Recorded in 3 sessions just before his breakout years with the Pacific Jazz and Riverside record companies, Wes is in incredible form, on the level of his legendary Smokin' At The Half Note performances. Unbelievably, the tapes were originally offered on eBay and eventually found their way to the renowned jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and associates who digitally restored the tapes with impressive overall sound.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Another totally great Wes Montgomery live album is the one he did with The Wynton Kelly Trio, Full House. It smokes just as much as Smokin...

I have been listening to a lot of Wes recently, I am actually starting to like a lot of his stuff with string arrangements which I thought was shit a few years ago.

calzino, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Wes was always in form, it´s just that he got to play with better people after his record deal and learned to take the lead.

EvR, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 14:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Joe Pass once said that, “there have been only three real innovators on the (jazz) guitar- Wes, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt."

He reminds me of Reinhardt, absolutely no hype in saying he was a true torch bearer of musical greatness.

calzino, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

those recent Wes releases on Resonance are recommended -- in the beginning and one night in indy.

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 21:47 (one year ago) Permalink

just been reading about them, sounds brilliant and thanks

calzino, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 22:09 (one year ago) Permalink

some of em come from amateur recordings but they sound astonishingly good all things considered...

tylerw, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 22:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Full House is ridic, that was my first Wes LP. found a copy for maybe $4 at some store in Chicago 15 yrs ago.

nomar, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 23:08 (one year ago) Permalink

First jazz guitarist I liked and spoiled me for almost everyone else. Incredible Jazz Guitar was one of my first jazz CDs.

JWoww Gilberto (man alive), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I still love this

calzino, Friday, 9 September 2016 14:47 (one year ago) Permalink

This book discusses the techniques he applied in his playing (solos and comping) - quite advanced stuff. Apparently he was very much inspired by the ideas of Charlie Parker. Wes got hired by Lionel Hampton "because he could play the solos of Charlie Christian note for note".


EvR, Friday, 9 September 2016 20:03 (one year ago) Permalink

My late teacher knew Wes and used a similar thumb style. It has its technical limits but produces so much of a richer tone than most picking. Picked jazz guitar is really not that pleasant a sound in the hands of all but a few.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Friday, 9 September 2016 20:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw James blood ulmer in power trio format around 1986 or 1987 and from where I was sitting it looked like he played exclusively with his thumb, it was insane

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 10 September 2016 01:06 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

picked up a vinyl copy of willow weep for me in kansas city last week - his take on Coltrane's "Impressions" is just incredible

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 8 October 2016 12:40 (one year ago) Permalink

he is the only jazz guitarist who you can say was easily as talented as Reinhardt without any challopry. Love the guy.

calzino, Saturday, 8 October 2016 13:31 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


This new one from Resonance records is really nice, it isn't as essential a Wes live album as Full House or Smokin' At The Half Note, but not many are tbf.

calzino, Sunday, 14 May 2017 16:14 (six months ago) Permalink

This is a great line-up so a very much appreciated release. Samples on iTunes sound great.

EvR, Sunday, 14 May 2017 18:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah it is a pretty sick band, even the trio tracks without Wes are rather excellent because Wynton Kelly is so fucking great.

calzino, Sunday, 14 May 2017 20:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah gotta get this.

tylerw, Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:11 (six months ago) Permalink

i recently was gifted Down Here On the Ground and A Day In the Life by my father-in-law. i know those two are considered by some to be an example of Wes aiming for the lowest common denominator/fairweather jazz fan audience, but the playing is so good on both that I can't agree with that.

obv gotta pick up this Seattle sesh, if possible.

nomar, Monday, 15 May 2017 06:08 (six months ago) Permalink

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