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Album Review

Once again, the Japanese prove that they know how to assemble compilations infinitely better than we do here in the United States — even though there is no particular reason for it, since Universal, who owns the rights to all this material by Wes Montgomery, operates here in the U.S as well as in Japan. This whopping 17-cut collection by über guitarist Montgomery will be of interest not only to hardcore fans (for its amazing sound) but also for the beat hunters, soul-jazz fans, and groove collectors everywhere. The material was all recorded between 1964 and 1968. It features Montgomery during one of his most creative periods, when he was working at making his own brand of sophisticated soul-jazz marketable to a larger orchestra — sometimes to the chagrin of dedicated hard bop fans. The experimentation, in terms of material as well as production, is staggering as evidenced here. Some of the players backing Wes include trombonist Urbie Green, drummer Grady Tate, conga legends Ray Barretto and Candido, percussionist Willie Bobo, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassists Richard Davis and Ron Carter, vibraphonist Mike Manieri, flutist Hubert Laws, organist Jimmy Smith, and the Miles Davis rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, just to name a few. He is also featured in the company of arrangers Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson, and on a 1964 recording and arrangement of Duke Ellington's and Juan Tizol's "Caravan," by Johnny Pate! There are many hits here including Montgomery's signature cover of Lennon and McCartney's "A Day in the Life," and Bobby Hebb's "Sunny," as well as Gary McFarland's moody "13 (Death March)." Check his takes on Richard Rodgers' and Lorenz Hart's "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" and Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now." Virtually every cut on this 70-minute set is dynamite and showcases Montgomery at his groove-laden peak. It may be pricey, but it's the single-disc collection of his work that is most desirable by far.


Born: 06 March 1923 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Wes Montgomery was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial success during his last few years, only to die prematurely. It had taken Wes a long time to become an overnight success. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943 (using his thumb rather than a pick) and toured with Lionel Hampton during 1948-1950; he can be heard on a few broadcasts from the period. But...
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Bumpin' On Sunset, Wes Montgomery
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  • 4,49 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop, Crossover Jazz
  • Released: 01 January 2007

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