Wes Montgomery's Finest Hour

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 606949066826
  • Catalog Number: 490668
  • Sales rank: 23,593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bumpin' on Sunset (4:52)
  2. 2 The Shadow of Your Smile (2:19)
  3. 3 Up and at It (4:16)
  4. 4 Once I Loved (A.K.A. Favela) (4:47)
  5. 5 Milestones (4:11)
  6. 6 Movin' Wes, Pt. 1 (3:31)
  7. 7 Tequila (3:23)
  8. 8 Watch What Happens (2:45)
  9. 9 Bumpin' (6:52)
  10. 10 Impressions (5:06)
  11. 11 Goin' out of My Head (2:15)
  12. 12 Sunny (4:05)
  13. 13 A Day in the Life (5:54)
  14. 14 Down Here on the Ground (3:47)
  15. 15 Twisted Blues (4:17)
  16. 16 Road Song (3:50)
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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
Al 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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