Wes Montgomery

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Few musicians in jazz history were more innovative, or more unassuming, than guitar legend Wes Montgomery (1923-68). He dispensed with the plectrum and developed an incredible thumb-picking style, played octave and chordal passages with the fluency and nuance of single lines, and organized these astounding techniques in solos of daring detail and sustained shape. Yet Montgomery modestly saw himself as a provider for his large family, a man who turned out entertaining music that just happened to redefine the possibilities of the jazz guitar.

Wes was the second of three musician brothers from Indianapolis, and the last to make his name nationally. He had briefly worked under his given name John Leslie Montgomery with Lionel Hampton from 1948-50; but then he returned home, to raise his family, work a day job as a welder, and develop his revolutionary style in one and sometimes two gigs a night at clubs like the Turf Bar and the Missile Room. His brothers, electric bass innovator Monk and vibist/pianist Buddy, had moved to San Francisco and were enjoying success as half of the Mastersounds when Wes, still working organ gigs at home, joined them on several late-Fifties recording sessions. It was word of mouth from musicians like Cannonball Adderley and Gunther Schuller, who passed through Indianapolis and were knocked out by this local legend, that created a groundswell of interest in the guitarist among the New York opinion-makers and led to his Riverside recording contract in 1959.

The rest, which was all too brief given his unexpected death from a heart attack nine years later, was guitar and jazz history. He was an immediate success with critics, who were prepared to top any superlatives awarded him in album titles; became the model for an entire new generation of guitarists (as well as some established players who recognized the shape of guitar to come); and found himself just as eagerly celebrated by the general public, who heard a warmth and emotional directness in Montgomery's music that made questions of progress and influence secondary. For a time, Montgomery retained the local trio featuring organist Mel Rhyne that was heard on his first recordings; but soon he would reunite with Monk and Buddy as the Montgomery Brothers. Despite studio partnerships with some of the greatest players of the era (including Adderley, Tommy Flanagan, Milt Jackson, and Jimmy Smith) as well as large orchestras, and a couple of immortal live recordings with Wynton Kelly, not to mention an invitation to join John Coltrane's band (then a sextet with Eric Dolphy) that was briefly accepted in 1961, most of Montgomery's remaining work was in bands with Rhyne or his brothers.

As Montgomery moved to larger labels and more commercial projects, his popularity kept pace and his albums began to appear in the upper reaches of the pop charts. Yet his live performances still left musicians and jazz audiences speechless with his virtuosity, a situation that his slim but essential discography has continued without abatement in more than a quarter century since his untimely death.

Bio courtesy of Concord Music Group

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5 Original Albums International Box Set

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27/05/2016
Concord Records
UPC 00888072369733
Contiene gli album:

The Wes Montgomery Trio
The Incredible Jazz Guitar
Movin’ Along
So Much Guitar!
Boss Guitar
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Supporto 1
1 'Round Midnight (Album Version)
04:58 The Wes Montgomery Trio
2 Yesterdays (Album Version)
03:19 The Wes Montgomery Trio
3 The End Of A Love Affair (Album Version)
03:18 The Wes Montgomery Trio
4 Whisper Not (Album Version)
04:40 The Wes Montgomery Trio
5 Ecaroh (Album Version)
03:00 The Wes Montgomery Trio
6 Satin Doll (Album Version)
03:58 The Wes Montgomery Trio
7 Missile Blues (Album Version)
06:04 The Wes Montgomery Trio
8 Too Late Now (Album Version)
04:55 The Wes Montgomery Trio
9 Jingles (Album Version)
05:31 The Wes Montgomery Trio
Supporto 2
1 Airegin (Album Version)
04:27 Wes Montgomery
2 D-Natural Blues (Album Version)
05:22 Wes Montgomery
3 Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Album Version)
04:42 Wes Montgomery
4 Four On Six (Album Version)
06:15 Wes Montgomery
5 West Coast Blues (Album Version)
07:23 Wes Montgomery
6 In Your Own Sweet Way (Album Version)
04:53 Wes Montgomery
7 Mr Walker (Album Version)
04:32 Wes Montgomery
8 Gone With The Wind (Album Version)
06:21 Wes Montgomery
Supporto 3
1 Movin' Along
05:40 Wes Montgomery
2 Tune-Up
04:27 Wes Montgomery
3 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
05:02 Wes Montgomery
4 Sandu
03:23 Wes Montgomery
5 Body And Soul (Take 7)
07:21 Wes Montgomery
6 So Do It!
06:05 Wes Montgomery
7 Says You (Album Version)
05:01 Wes Montgomery
Supporto 4
1 Twisted Blues (Album Version)
05:36 Wes Montgomery
2 Cotton Tail (Album Version)
03:40 Wes Montgomery
3 I Wish I Knew (Album Version)
05:30 Wes Montgomery
4 I'm Just A Lucky So And So (Album Version)
05:56 Wes Montgomery
5 Repetition (Album Version)
03:53 Wes Montgomery
6 Something Like Bags (Album Version)
04:47 Wes Montgomery
7 While We're Young (Album Version)
02:18 Wes Montgomery
8 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (Album Version)
07:41 Wes Montgomery
Supporto 5
1 Besame Mucho (Take 3)
06:31 Wes Montgomery
2 Dearly Beloved (Album Version)
04:52 Wes Montgomery
3 Days of Wine and Roses (Album Version)
03:48 Wes Montgomery
4 The Trick Bag (Take 2 & 5)
04:27 Wes Montgomery
5 Canadian Sunset (Album Version)
05:07 Wes Montgomery
6 Fried Pies (Take 2)
06:46 Wes Montgomery
7 The Breeze And I (Album Version)
04:11 Wes Montgomery
8 For Heaven's Sake (Album Version)
04:40 Wes Montgomery

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