The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (CD Reissue)
Keepnews Collection, 2008
REVIEW BY: David Bowling
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 09/03/2008
Wes Montgomery (1925-1968) was one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century. He took the swing sound of Charlie Christian and the gypsy jazz styling of Django Reinhardt and combined them into a unique American jazz sound. His early work influenced the two generations of jazz guitarists that followed him.
Wes Montgomery went through a number of incarnations during his career. He is best remembered today for his hugely popular jazz/pop albums recorded for the A&M label in the mid to late 1960’s. This group of late career releases found
This was the album that set Wes Montgomery apart from other guitarists. He had a unique approach to phasing, and legend has it that his thumbs were double jointed and could actually bend back and touch his wrist. This enabled
This CD release of The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery was re-mastered from the original tapes. The original cover art and liner notes are intact as well. Also included is a substantive biography of
“Four On Six” and “Polka Dots To Moonbeams” were breakthrough songs, as they popularized the use of octaves on the guitar. His flow from chords to octaves was unique, as was his blending of instruments. “D-Natural Blues” showed
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery was a seminal album in the creation of the guitar sound and he simultaneously modernized jazz through the use of his guitar. Artists who have followed him may have been able to polish and add nuances to the sound, but none have had the same lasting creative impact as Wes Montgomery.