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Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)

In the last decade Resonance has become one of the three most important archival jazz labels, along with Mosaic and Sony Legacy. In Paris is the fifth and best Wes Montgomery project on Resonance. It is one complete concert on two CDs, beautifully recorded, in a setting and with a band that clearly inspired Montgomery, … Read More “Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)”

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Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery: Smokin’ in Seattle (Resonance)

Like most archival labels, Resonance finds its material in many strange places: private collections, audience tapes, soundboard cassettes, lost studio recordings. Early in 2017, with the release of Groovin’ Hard by the Three Sounds, Resonance began to tap into the stash of Jim Wilke, the distinguished jazz DJ. Between 1962 and 1968, Wilke had a … Read More “Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery: Smokin’ in Seattle (Resonance)”

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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 “All the Things You Are.” It’s a live show, the year is 1957, and the improvisation is totally happening. Johnson has a big, round sound, … Read More “Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning”

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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 players? The circumstances? The guitars? Those are just a few of the questions concerning the mystery behind Echoes of Indiana Avenue, with its slowly unraveling … Read More “Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue”

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“A Tribute to Wes Montgomery” at the Cape May Festival, Cape May, N.J.

The theme for the 27th edition of this biannual clambake in the charming Victorian town by the Jersey shore was “A Tribute To Wes Montgomery.” It was fitting, then, that festival promoters Carol Stone and Woody Woodland booked Pat Martino (pictured), the only guitarist on this bill of several capable Wes-inspired six-stringers who had actually … Read More ““A Tribute to Wes Montgomery” at the Cape May Festival, Cape May, N.J.”

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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 suffering a brain aneuryism in 1980. With a nod to symmetry, Martino decided to record a second tribute to Montgomery, the first being The Visit … Read More “Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery”

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Wes Montgomery: The Softer Side of Genius

The 1950s and early 1960s recordings by Wes Montgomery are among the greatest in jazz-guitar history. But what of the mid-to-late ’60s albums that Montgomery cut for Verve and A&M that led to his greatest popular successes-and the loudest critiques from the jazz world? Josef Woodard gives us an indepth look at the commercial apex of

Montgomery’s career.

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Wes Montgomery: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

The guitarist left his rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb in New York to go to London. He accommodates himself to pianist Stan Tracey, bassist Rick 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 … Read More “Wes Montgomery: Live at Ronnie Scott’s”

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