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Road Song

Wes Montgomery

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It is impossible to prevent Wes Montgomery’s premature death (from a heart attack) from coloring the experience of listening to his final album. Road Song might otherwise have been one more in an ever-developing (or stagnating, as argued by some of the more bitter critics) line of pop song interpretations, but the fact that it is Montgomery’s final work gives added resonance to the pining, poignant melodies of “Yesterday,” “I’ll Be Back” and “Serene,” which are accompanied by an earthy, mournful string quartet organized by Don Sebesky. What Montgomery was after in his final recordings was immortal melody. In sorting through pop songs and standards he wanted tunes with roots, from which he could spring his inimitable improvisatory lines like long reaching branches. His taste for fragile folk melodies is shown in “Greensleeves,” “Scarborough Fair (Canticle)” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” One can’t help but feel that he knew these were melodies that would live on long after he had passed on, and he articulates each with all the weight and wisdom of his 45-year life.

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Road Song by Wes Montgomery

This ai an awesome work of Jazz. Wes used the themes of the mid an late 60's. He was treuly one of the Jazz Greats. He has not been given the recognition that he deserves.I recoomend all of his works.

Road Song

I bought this in 1968 as a reel-to-reel tape. If you listen to today's jazz you can hear Wes' influence in many of the songs. Buy and hear some great music.


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...
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