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     Wes Montgomery

Real name: John Leslie Montgomery
Born: Mar 6, 1925 in Indianapolis, IN
Died: Jun 15, 1968 in Indianapolis, IN
Genres: Jazz
Styles: Crossover Jazz, Hard Bop
Instruments: Guitar (Electric), Guitar

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 1948-50; he can be heard on a few broadcasts from the period. But then Montgomery returned to Indianapolis where he was in obscurity during much of the 1950s, working a day job and playing at clubs most nights. He recorded with his brothers vibraphonist Buddy and electric bassist Monk during 1957-59 and made his first Riverside album (1959) in a trio with organist Melvin Rhyne. In 1960 the release of his album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery made him famous in the jazz world. Other than a brief time playing with the John Coltrane Sextet (which also included Eric Dolphy) later in the year, Wes would be a leader for the rest of his life.

Montgomery's recordings can be easily divided into three periods. His Riverside dates (1959-63) are his most spontaneous jazz outings, small-group sessions with such sidemen as Tommy Flanagan, James Clay, Victor Feldman, Hank Jones, Johnny Griffin and Mel Rhyne. The one exception was the ironically titled Fusion, a ballad date with a string section. All of the Riverside recordings have been reissued in a massive 12-CD box set. With the collapse of Riverside, Montgomery moved over to Verve where during 1964-66 he recorded an interesting series of mostly orchestral dates with arranger Don Sebesky and producer Creed Taylor. These records were generally a good balance between jazz and accessibility, even if the best performances were small-group outings with either the Wynton Kelly Trio or Jimmy Smith. In 1967 Wes signed with Creed Taylor at A&M and during 1967-68 he recorded three best-selling albums that found him merely stating simple pop melodies while backed by strings and woodwinds. His jazz fans were upset but Montgomery's albums were played on AM radio during the period, he helped introduce listeners to jazz and his live performances were as freewheeling as his earlier Riverside dates. Unfortunately at the height of his success, he died of a heart attack. However Wes Montgomery's influence is still felt on many young guitarists.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=9528 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Montgomery About from 'wikipedia'
www.duke.edu/~mjs4/wes Biography [mobile]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Montgomery About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Wes Montgomery - 'Bumpin'. California Dreaming' - 1965, Verve
 Wes Montgomery - 'Full House' - 1987, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'Fusion! Wes Montgomery With Strings' - 1963, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'Impressions Of Paris' - 2002, Recall
 Wes Montgomery - 'Jazz 'Round Midnight: Wes Montgomery' - 1994, Polygram
 Wes Montgomery - 'Portrait Of Wes' - 1963, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'The Incredible Jazz Guitar' - 1960, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'The Wes Montgomery Trio' - 1959, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'Willow Weep For Me' - 1965, Verve
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Nat Adderley - 'Work Song' - 1960, Riverside
 Joe Diorio - 'I Remember You: A Tribute To Wes Montgomery' - 1998, Ram
 Wynton Kelly - 'Complete Live At The Half Note' - 2005, Phoenix Jazz
 Wynton Kelly - 'Smokin' At The Half Note' - 1965, Verve
 Wynton Kelly - 'Smokin' At The Half Note Vol. 2' - 1965, Verve
 Harold Land - 'West Coast Blues!' - 1960, Columbia, Артель 'Восточный ветер'
 Jimmy Smith - 'Further Adventures Of Jimmy And Wes' - 1966, Verve
 Jimmy Smith - 'The Dynamic Duo' - 1966, Verve
  как соисполнитель ...
 Antonio Carlos Jobim - 'The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook. The Girl From Ipanema' - A&M
 Claus Ogerman - 'A Man And His Music' - 2004, Verve
 Jimmy Smith - 'Jazz 'Round Midnight: Jimmy Smith' - 1963, Verve Forecast
 Jimmy Smith - 'Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour' - 2002, Verve

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