Wes Montgomery's Finest Hour

Wes Montgomery's Finest Hour

by Wes Montgomery
     
 

Using his thumb rather than a pick on the strings, and playing melodic lines voiced in octaves, Wes Montgomery transformed the very sound of jazz guitar. His recordings on Verve also display just how funky a player Montgomery was. His playing on tracks like "Bumpin' on Sunset," "Road Song," "Tequila," and a host of others in this collection are the ultimate in finesse… See more details below

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Using his thumb rather than a pick on the strings, and playing melodic lines voiced in octaves, Wes Montgomery transformed the very sound of jazz guitar. His recordings on Verve also display just how funky a player Montgomery was. His playing on tracks like "Bumpin' on Sunset," "Road Song," "Tequila," and a host of others in this collection are the ultimate in finesse and soul. Montgomery's incredibly rhythmic and deeply expressive playing allowed him to overcome such debatable choice of material as the pop hits "A Day in the Life," "Sunny," and "Goin' Out of My Head." Give him a blues ("Bumpin," "Twisted Blues,") or a modal groover ("Milestones," "Impressions") and Montgomery goes to town. Backed by such heavyweights as drummer Grady Tate, pianist Herbie Hancock, and conga player Ray Barretto, Montgomery could rip it up in style and comfort. Contemporary guitar giants including George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Russell Malone, all revere Wes; here's 16 reasons why.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
As part of the Finest Hour series from Verve, guitarist Wes Montgomery is spotlighted on 16 tracks recorded between 1964 and his death in 1968. These sessions highlight the widely accepted jazz-pop combination he achieved on these Verve and A&M releases, which followed a four-year stint on Riverside where he attracted a limited, mainly jazz audience. The guitarist employed a winning formula that combined his straight-ahead jazz style while exploring current trends in pop music that encompassed Latin, funk, and string-laden arrangements. The impressive coverage of guest musicians includes Herbie Hancock, Ray Barretto, Ron Carter, Jimmy Smith, and Clark Terry.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0606949066826
catalogNumber:
490668
Rank:
1975

Tracks

  1. Bumpin' on Sunset  - Wes Montgomery
  2. The Shadow of Your Smile  - Wes Montgomery
  3. Up and at It  - Wes Montgomery
  4. Once I Loved (A.K.A. Favela)  - Wes Montgomery
  5. Milestones  - Wes Montgomery
  6. Movin' Wes, Pt. 1  - Wes Montgomery
  7. Tequila  - Wes Montgomery
  8. Watch What Happens  - Wes Montgomery
  9. Bumpin'  - Wes Montgomery
  10. Impressions  - Wes Montgomery
  11. Goin' out of My Head  - Wes Montgomery
  12. Sunny  - Wes Montgomery
  13. A Day in the Life  - Wes Montgomery
  14. Down Here on the Ground  - Wes Montgomery
  15. Twisted Blues  - Wes Montgomery
  16. Road Song  - Wes Montgomery

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Strings,Drums
Bill Watrous   Woodwind
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Stan Webb   Flute,Bass Flute,Woodwind
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Raymond Beckenstein   Woodwind
James Buffington   French Horn
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Casamenti   Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Mike Mainieri   Vibes
George Marge   Flute,Bass Flute
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Flute,Bass Flute
Bobby Rosengarden   Percussion
Margaret Ross   Harp
Joe Soldo   Flute,Bass Flute
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Joe Wohletz   Percussion
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Johnny Pate   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Khan   Sequencers
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Creed Taylor   Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Tom Greenwood   Producer,Research Coordination
Jeff Willens   Mastering
John L. "Wes" Montgomery   Composer

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