Tag Archive: Wes Montgomery

From the Archives – A Morning of Jazz – Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly – Smokin’ at the Blue Note!

Smokin' at the Half Note

Last night when I was sifting through my vinyl collection I came across the Wes Montgomery album Willow Weep For Me, Finding that album reminded me of this post I had written a while ago. I read the liner notes for the album which has always been a favorite and discovered that in the summer of 1968 Verve Records discovered previously unreleased tracks and the seven that are included on Willow Weep for Me were recorded at the same booking at The Half Note in Greenwich Village! In the notes Richard Lamb writes:

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Today in Music – Wes Montgomery’s Birthday – really!

Wes Montgomery

Wes MontgomerySo unlike the other day today IS the birthday of one of my favorite jazz musicians the incredible Wes Montgomery! I started listening to the guitar of Wes way back in the late 60s’ Unfortunately he passed away in 1968 and the age of 45. From Wikipedia:

John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968)[1] was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Grant Green, Pat Martino, George Benson, Russell Malone, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, and Jimi Hendrix.

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A Jazzy Night – Wes and Buddy Montgomery

So the Phillies lose Game 1 of the National League Championship Series and face a tough lefthander in Jonathan Sanchez tomorrow. It’s gonna be a long series!! Well with the game tonight and some work this after didn’t do a whole lot of listening. I did rip and start to listen to a Wes Montgomery album I bought last night Fingerpickin’ I listened to the first couple of tracks this afternoon and they sounded pretty good and what really stood out was Wes’ brother Buddy on vibes! I guess since I’ve listened to mostly Wes’ music either solo or in a trio setting I never noticed the vibes that much! Anyway I went to Rhapsody and did find a couple of albums that Buddy did solo and I think I found a new vibes player to listen to! I listened for a little while and then the computer cut out and I switched to reading of Tess Gerritsen’s new book!!

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