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1969’s Willow Weep for Me is almost certainly not the album Wes Montgomery would have made had he lived to see its release, but in the wake of his death the album stands as a both a tribute to and consummation of the guitarist’s ‘60s output. The album consists of outtakes from 1965’s Smokin’ At the Half Note, which featured a top notch band (Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb), and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Montgomery’s career. The higher-ups at Verve hired Claus Ogerman (who had worked with Montgomery in the past) to overdub orchestral arrangements on the songs, but mercifully, those additions were deleted on subsequent edition except for the title song. The rest of the songs — recorded in late June 1965 at the Half Note Club in New York City — are superlative, a bittersweet reminder of how much was lost when Montgomery succumbed to a heart attack at age 45. The shivering “Oh, You Crazy Moon” displays his impeccable feel for mood, but it is “Four on Six” that will forever testify to the naturalistic touch he used to master his instrument.

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Sooo Smooth!!!!

One of the best jazz guitarist who ever lived! Anything by Wes ( not "West") is worth purchasing. He left this world too soon, but blessed us with a phenomenal musical legacy.


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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