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On his third outing for Verve Wes Montgomery continued his search for the perfect arranger with Oliver Nelson. Montgomery and producer Creed Taylor wanted a balance between his prior works, and Nelson combines Pate’s snappy rhythms with the sweeping tonal palate of Sebesky. The title song, a rendition of the 1964 pop hit by Little Anthony and the Imperials, at once engages the pop world, the jazz world and the classical world (by way of Nelson’s full-bodied arrangements). While some jazz purists predictably accused Montgomery of selling out, the album is actually a clever reconciliation of the pop world with modes of advanced improvisation. While “Twisted Blues” and “Boss City” show his ability to interweave solo guitar with a massive orchestra, the album also contains moments of gentle subtlety. The bossa nova “O Morro Nao Tem Vez” is the ideal meeting place for Nelson’s grand orchestra and Montgomery’s velvet tones. Montgomery’s reading of “It Was a Very Good Year” is all about texture and mood, while “Golden Earrings” moves like an eerie waltz through empty Gotham streets.

Customer Reviews

Great Solos

While this recording comes from the more commercialized era for Wes, the tunes where he opens up and blows are incredible. "Chim Chim Cheree" has a solo on par with the "Smokin' at the Half Note" date, and the band, though never really featured, is loaded with great players.

classic sounds

so many copycats of the wes montgomery style and musicality but nothing beats the real deal. this sets a cinematic mood that's undeniable

Goin' Out of My Head

I remember when this recording came out, I was taking guitar lessons at the age of 11, and I knew even at the age of eleven that this man was something people would be talking about for years to come. After "Movin Wes" I knew that jazz was the place for me, and today at the age of 53 I still get goose bumps when I hear Wes' do the things he does, so very, very well. Love you Wes, Joe Washington


Born: March 6, 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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