Wes Mont­goMery

In The Be­gIn­nIng

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Res­o­nance Records

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!

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