Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning

Near the end of In the Beginning, the stunning new two-CD (or three-LP) set comprising early music from guitarist Wes Montgomery, tenor saxophonist Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson takes a solo on…

Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery’s music fundamentally influenced Pat Martino not once but twice. Martino built on Montgomery’s style as a young guitarist and returned to Montgomery’s records to relearn the guitar after…

Wes Montgomery: One Night in Indy

It is early 1959, which means it’s still going to take a touch of time for Wes Montgomery to ramp up the ol’ fretboard chops. But how warming this live…

Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Imagine an episode of History Detectives, the popular PBS program, devoted to examining a recently discovered stash of seminal recordings by the late jazz great Wes Montgomery. The provenance? The…

Wes Montgomery: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

…Laird and drummer Ronnie Stephenson, who accompany him conscientiously. Stephenson provides more than capable drumming that seems to take inspiration from Cobb. Montgomery keeps his prodigious swing at a high…

Weep for Wes

Among seminal albums of the 1960s, Wes Montgomery’s Smokin’ at the Half Note holds a unique place. The 1965 recording represented the guitarist’s rare return to small groups; except for…