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Smokin' At the Half Note (Expanded Edition) [Live]

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This live set from 1965 showcases guitarist Wes Montgomery at his peak, only three years before his sudden death. Montgomery is technically dazzling, making the difficult technique of soloing in octaves his trademark. Yet he seldom plays a solo that doesn't swing like mad. Check out "Unit 7": the first half packs enough melodic ideas to fuel an album or two, before Montgomery takes the energy higher with thrashing chords. Pianist Wynton Kelly turns in a lovely, understated take on the standard "What's New."

Customer Reviews

Smokin' At the Half Note

Buy this and "Full House", and your Wes Montgomery collection is complete.

The best price for an iconic recording!

Often the best price for a recording is the Amazon CD price but this is a clear exception. This is the best and most affordable way to own this iconic recording. Not only that but Pat Metheny is often quoted as saying this got him started at age 13. Unit 7 is often cited as the best track. If you need convincing to purchase this entire recording try Impressions, Misty and/or Willow Weep for Me to give you an idea of what you are in for. The joy in these performances is transcendent.

A standard for Jazz guitarist

If you play jazz guitar, this cd is a must. These songs are standards in their own rite. Learn them, study them and you will not be disappointed.

Biography

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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