The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery is an album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. Most of its tracks exemplify two of Montgomery's distinguishing techniques: "thumb picking" and the use of octaves. In 2017, the album was selected for the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or artistically significant.
The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the '70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording - an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan's collection - put him on the map. Track Listing.
Ask a dozen jazz guitar fans for their all-time top guitar albums and The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery is likely to be high on every list. If it isn't, chances are Montgomery's live set Full House (Riverside, 1962), recorded two years later, will be. With these discs, Indianapolis-born Montgomery (1923-68) gave the guitar its biggest quantum leaps forward, both stylistically and in terms of listener acceptance, since Charlie Christian in the late 1930s/early 1940s and Johnny Smith in the 1950s.
John Leslie Wes Montgomery was one of the most influential jazz guitarists of the twentieth century. Starting to play guitar in 1943, Wes played a background role with such artists such as Lionel Hampton for years until the late fifties when he started to record. The Incredible jazz guitar of Wes Montgomery, recorded in 1960, was Wes’s first solo recording on the Riverside label and is regarded as one of his best. I can definitely say that it stands up to that claim. The Wes Montgomery Quartet includes: Wes Montgomery – Guitar Tommy Flanagan – Piano Albert Tootie Heath – Drums Percy Heath.
All I knew was that I really dug Montgomery's guitar playing. After getting the 1987 version of the CD, I learned that the album included Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way", 2 standards, and 4 originals by Montgomery. The incredible skills of Wes Montgomery will live on in jazz history. In the mid 60s I became familiar with his music. With this CD he validates the title, The Incredible Jazz Guitar. Which is a more classic straight ahead jazz approach compared to the octaves played in the 60s which became his signature style. Like Herby Hancock and Ramsey Lewis he brought FM music to the AM radio band then.
Many listeners first heard Montgomery on a groundbreaking album released in 1960, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery.
|A3||Polka Dots And Moonbeams||4:38|
|A4||Four On Six||6:10|
|B1||West Coast Blues||7:20|
|B2||In Your Own Sweet Way||4:45|
|B4||Gone With The Wind||6:13|
- Bass – Percy Heath
- Drums – Albert "Tootie" Heath*
- Engineer [Recording] – Jack Higgins
- Guitar – Wes Montgomery
- Piano – Tommy Flanagan
- Producer – Orrin Keepnews
NotesRecorded in New York, January 26 & 28, 1960.
|RLP 12-320||Wes Montgomery||The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, Mono)||Riverside Records||RLP 12-320||US||1960|
|VICJ-2218||Wes Montgomery||The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Riverside Records||VICJ-2218||Japan||2003|
|C60 22407 000||Уэс Монтгомери*||Уэс Монтгомери (LP, Album)||Мелодия||C60 22407 000||USSR||1985|
|UCGO 9003||Wes Montgomery||The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (SACD, Album, dig)||Riverside Records||UCGO 9003||Japan||Unknown|
|OJC-036, RLP-9320||Wes Montgomery||The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (LP, Album, RE)||Original Jazz Classics, Riverside Records||OJC-036, RLP-9320||US||1982|