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

Review of live two-CD set from the legendary guitarist

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Cover of Wes Montgomery album In Paris
Cover of Wes Montgomery album In Paris

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, on a night when he was on fire.

The night was March 27, 1965. The setting was the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The band was Harold Mabern (piano), Arthur Harper (bass) and Jimmy Lovelace (drums). Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin sits in on three numbers.

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