Best of Wes Montgomery

The Best of Wes Montgomery

by Wes Montgomery
     
 

While often admired, guitarists seldom stepped to the forefront during most of the '50s. The real innovators, after all, were the saxophonists and trumpeters, and a guitarist, like a vibraphonist, was optional. With his use of octaves and forceful soloing in the late '50s, Wes Montgomery asserted that the guitarist was fully capable of fronting his own group and, like…  See more details below

Overview

While often admired, guitarists seldom stepped to the forefront during most of the '50s. The real innovators, after all, were the saxophonists and trumpeters, and a guitarist, like a vibraphonist, was optional. With his use of octaves and forceful soloing in the late '50s, Wes Montgomery asserted that the guitarist was fully capable of fronting his own group and, like the tenors, offer cutting edge music. The Best of Wes Montgomery draws from the guitarist's work between 1959 and 1964 for Riverside, a body of work that remains fresh and exhilarating. It isn't so much the material he chooses that captures one's attention, though certainly an original like "Four on Six" draws the listener in. Instead, it's Montgomery's unique use of octaves, ability to solo with chords, and his distinctive method of playing single-note solos. On Victor Young's "Delilah," for instance, he offers several bars of his trademark octave work at the beginning, but he refuses to stick with one approach. After a lengthy solo by vibraphonist Milt Jackson, he re-enters the fray with a chunky series of chords and finally, after another solo from pianist Wynton Kelly, Montgomery cuts loose on a bright, inspired single-note solo that'll make the listener sit up straight. As The Best of Wes Montgomery shows, it's a task he was able to pull off again and again, making this a fine introduction for new fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0025218350525
catalogNumber:
5705
Rank:
83955

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
James Clay   Flute
Victor Feldman   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Hayes   Drums,Bass Drums
Dick Hyman   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Hank Jones   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Buddy Montgomery   Piano,Vibes
Walter Perkins   Drums
Melvin Rhyne   Organ
George Shearing   Piano
Monk Montgomery   Bass
David Nadien   Violin
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Winston Collymore   Violin
Burt Fisch   Viola
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Lex Humphries   Drums
Isadore Zir   Violin
Osie Johnson   Drums
Kermit Moore   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin,Concert Master
Samuel Rand   Violin
Margaret Rose   Harp
Lucien Schmit   Cello
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
Ralph Hersh   Viola
Paul Winter Consort   Violin
Bobby Thomas   Drums
George Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Barry Harris   Composer
Harold Land   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Johnny Green   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Ken Dryden   Liner Notes

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