Each of these albums is a must-have for anyone interested in the guitar in jazz. The earliest, "The Wes Montgomery Trio", features Wes with his Indianapolis trio, with Mel Rhyne on organ and includes one of the most beautiful recording's of Monk's 'Round Midnight, a great Satin Doll and "Yesterdays". His trademark passages in octaves and improvisations on block chords are all here.
"Montgomeryland" features Wes with his brothers, pianist Buddy and bassist Monk Montgomery, the first electric bassist in jazz. Saxophonists Harold Land and Pony Poindexter also appear. Wes' post-bop compositional skills shine through in Far Wes, Renie and Leila and there are fine versions of Summertime, Falling in Love with Love, and Old Folks.
For the "The Incredible Jazz Guitar" album he was brought to New York and placed with the seasoned rhythm section of Tommy Flanagan (piano), Percy Heath of MJQ fame on bass and his brother Albert Heath on drums. Using a guitar borrowed from Kenny Burrell, Wes rises to the occasion with great compositions such as West Coast Blues, Four on Six and Mr Walker, brilliant, swinging playing on Sonny Rollins' tricky "Airegin", Gone With The Wind (in which his solo is a classic example of motific development) and sensitive interpretations of the ballads Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Dave Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way. This album is at the top of my desert island list!
Finally, the collection rounds off with six well chosen tracks from his later album "Movin' Along".