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The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery, Tommy Flanagan, Percy Heath, Albert Heath

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The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the '70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Off to New York City and a date with Tommy Flanagan's trio, Montgomery seems in his post- to hard bop element, swinging fluently with purpose, drive, and vigor not heard in an electric guitarist since bop progenitor Charlie Christian. Setting him apart from the rest, this recording established Montgomery as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era, and eventually its most influential. There's some classic material here, including the cat-quick but perhaps a trifle anxious version of the Sonny Rollins bop evergreen "Airegin," the famous repeated modal progressive and hard bop jam "Four on Six," and Montgomery's immortal soul waltz "West Coast Blues," effortlessly rendered with its memorable melody and flowing, elegant chiffon-like lines. Flanagan, at a time shortly after leaving his native Detroit, is the perfect pianist for this session. He plays forcefully but never overtly so on the bop tracks, offering up his trademark delicacy on the laid-back "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and easy-as-pie "Gone with the Wind." With the dynamic Philadelphia rhythm section of brothers Percy Heath on bass and drummer Albert Heath, they play a healthy Latin beat on the choppy and dramatic melody of Montgomery's original "Mr. Walker." Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording -- an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan's collection -- put him on the map.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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1
Airegin
00:04:28

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Composer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

2
D-Natural Blues
00:05:22

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

3
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
00:04:42

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

4
Four On Six
00:06:14

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

5
West Coast Blues
00:07:23

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

6
In Your Own Sweet Way
00:04:53

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Brubeck, Composer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

7
Mr Walker
00:04:32

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

8
Gone With The Wind
00:06:20

Albert Heath, FeaturedArtist - Herbert Magidson, Author - Allie Wrubel, Composer - Percy Heath, Bass Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Flanagan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert "Tootie" Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2007 Riverside Records/Fantasy, Inc.

Album Description

The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the '70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Off to New York City and a date with Tommy Flanagan's trio, Montgomery seems in his post- to hard bop element, swinging fluently with purpose, drive, and vigor not heard in an electric guitarist since bop progenitor Charlie Christian. Setting him apart from the rest, this recording established Montgomery as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era, and eventually its most influential. There's some classic material here, including the cat-quick but perhaps a trifle anxious version of the Sonny Rollins bop evergreen "Airegin," the famous repeated modal progressive and hard bop jam "Four on Six," and Montgomery's immortal soul waltz "West Coast Blues," effortlessly rendered with its memorable melody and flowing, elegant chiffon-like lines. Flanagan, at a time shortly after leaving his native Detroit, is the perfect pianist for this session. He plays forcefully but never overtly so on the bop tracks, offering up his trademark delicacy on the laid-back "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and easy-as-pie "Gone with the Wind." With the dynamic Philadelphia rhythm section of brothers Percy Heath on bass and drummer Albert Heath, they play a healthy Latin beat on the choppy and dramatic melody of Montgomery's original "Mr. Walker." Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording -- an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan's collection -- put him on the map.
© Michael G. Nastos /TiVo

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