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Editors’ Notes

Tequila is essentially a small group album featuring Wes Montgomery in collaboration with bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate and conga player Ray Barretto, occasionally swaddled in strings courtesy of arranger Claus Ogerman. The group’s understated approach to the standard “Tequila” — arguably the bounciest song ever made — sets the tone for the album. On “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Wives and Lovers” the band moves with the frictionless flutter of a midnight hummingbird. Meanwhile “Little Child (Daddy Dear)” and “Midnight Mood” hold the music in narcotic suspension — a spell that could be terrifying if it weren't so overwhelmingly seductive. At this point in his career, Montgomery was arguably the most sensual instrumentalist in jazz, animating guitar with a caress typically apprehended by only the most accomplished saxophonists. At the same time, Wes could strike you dead with a perfectly articulated statement. “Bumpin’ On Sunset” is a stone-cold killer, a song that would be militant if Montgomery didn’t deliver it with such devastating gentility.

Customer Reviews


LOVE THIS ALBUM...MAJOR MAKE OUT ALBUM FROM MY LATE 60'S HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.... the master craftmanship of his playing stands out as The Greatest Jazz guitarist of all time. Very sophisticated...and groovy!

great guitarist

What a guitar player! true classic.

One of my all time favorites

My dad loved Wes. I grew up listening to all his great recordings playing in my living room. This brings back lots of good and groovin memories. Thank God I grew up in a home where artists like Wes were appreciated and played constantly. This is a classic.


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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