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If Movin’ Wes — Wes Montgomery’s 1964 Verve debut — presented a widescreen expansion of his signature style, then 1965’s Bumpin’ elevates that vision to cinematic perfection. Utilizing the same core band as its predecessor, Bumpin’ differentiates itself with its arranger: this time Don Sebesky takes over for Johnny Pate. While both men employed an orchestra of roughly the same proportion, Pate’s arrangements were punchy with an emphasis on brass, while Sebesky’s are seductive with an emphasis on strings. The album is woven with subtle threads of Latin music (“Mi Cosa,” “Con Alma,” “Here’s That Rainy Day”) and echoes of Montgomery’s hard-bop breeding (“Tear It Down” and “Just Walkin’”) but the keystone is unquestionably the title song. One of the coolest pieces of music ever recorded, “Bumpin’” ambles forward like a tipsy stranger on a midnight prowl. The rhythm represents his stooped, swaying gait, Sebesky’s strings the urban wind, and Montgomery’s climbing guitar a gorgeous quiet melody, whistled alone and evaporated to the lamplit streets.

Customer Reviews

Jazz Guitar Classic

This album so clearly echos the genius of Wes Montgomery. He had a graceful way of making complexed melodies appear effortless. He was truly a pioneer and this album speaks to his excellence as a guitarist.

Words can't describe...

This album is what started my love for jazz many years ago when I was a young boy I listened to it over and over never tiring of it, and still to this day I remember every note, every chord of each song by heart. Its that good...

Mr. RC

For someone who never had a lesson, he was the Teacher for
any guitarist who came later & claimed to play Jazz........


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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