Smokin' at the Half Note

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All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Smokin' at the Half Note is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why Montgomery's dynamic live shows were considered the pinnacle of his brilliant and incredibly influential guitar playing. Pat Metheny calls this "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," and with performances of this caliber "Unit 7" boasts one of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded his statement is easily validated. Montgomery never played with more drive and confidence, and he's supported every step of the way by a genuinely smokin' Wynton Kelly Trio. In 1998, Verve reissued the complete show on disc two of Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides, although the scrambled track order and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Smokin' at the Half Note is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why Montgomery's dynamic live shows were considered the pinnacle of his brilliant and incredibly influential guitar playing. Pat Metheny calls this "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," and with performances of this caliber "Unit 7" boasts one of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded his statement is easily validated. Montgomery never played with more drive and confidence, and he's supported every step of the way by a genuinely smokin' Wynton Kelly Trio. In 1998, Verve reissued the complete show on disc two of Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides, although the scrambled track order and some non-essential cuts don't diminish the appeal of the original album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1989
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282957825
  • Catalog Number: 829578
  • Sales rank: 52,609

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Blues (12:57)
  2. 2 If You Could See Me Now (8:21)
  3. 3 Unit 7 (6:45)
  4. 4 Four on Six (6:44)
  5. 5 What's New? (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynton Kelly Trio Primary Artist, Track Performer
Wynton Kelly Piano, Track Performer, Indexed Contributor
Wes Montgomery Guitar, Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Liner Notes
C. Taylor Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Val Valentin Engineer
Acy Lehman Cover Design
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