In The BegInnIng
Wes Montgomery was a guitar legend in every sense. He had a unique and infectious way of playing that made jazz guitar accessible to the masses, from novice listener to hardened fan. He sadly passed away in 1968, and finding previously unreleased Wes material is a very rare thing. But here we have several live performances from the infamous Turf Club in Indianapolis from 1956, plus other live shows and some rediscovered recording sessions from 1949 and 1955, produced by Quincy Jones. The live material is surprisingly good quality when you consider the technology available at the time, and the performances are brilliant. The studio material (some of which is written by Wes) is quite simply fantastic and naturally just recorded as takes with none of the overdubbing or editing that we get today. Some of these tracks feature his brothers Buddy and Monk on piano and double bass respectively. This two-disc CD digipack also includes a 55-page booklet with recollections of Wes and the Turf Club along with exclusive photographs, making it informative as well as a rare and wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of his playing. Look out for the vinyl release too - something of which Wes would definitely approve!