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Nearly thirty years after his death from a heart attack at age forty-five, John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery remains the standard for modern jazz guitarists. He is to his idiom what Segovia is to the classical form, B.B. King to electric blues, and Jimi Hendrix to rock. Although Wes’s original model, Charlie Christian (1916–1942), essentially wrote the Old Testament of jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Wes Montgomery Store

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  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B00CHJ5KNY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Full House 2. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face 3. Blue 'N' Boogie 4. Cariba 5. Come Rain Or Come Shine 6. S.O.S. - Wes Montgomery

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Recorded live at the the Tsubo in Berkeley, California, the back of the original album proudly proclaims 'the top jazz guitarist, recorded in actual performance.' It's a rather undertstated introduction to an album that showcases to perfection Wes Montgomery's abilities, a talent that no other jazz guitarist has come even close to matching, although many have tried and failed. And it was not only the jazz genre in which Wes plied his trade, for his later recordings for Verve found him embracing the pop market, albeit with limited success. This album, released by Riverside in 1962, features two of Wes' own compositions as well as four interpretations of others, including the standards I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face and Come Rain Or Come Shine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By an anonymous enthusiast on 22 May 2011
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This is an album that positively fizzes with energy. The musicianship is impeccable, the material excellent, and the players are among the finest jazz has ever produced. Although a live record, it should be mentioned that the sound quality is as good as anything cut in the studios at that time. One of Wes Montgomery's two or three finest albums, the addition of sizzling saxophonist Johnny Griffin (once legitimately credited as the fastest tenor in jazz) raises the excitement level and seems to really inspire Wes in his improvisations. The album leads off with the title track which is a 3/4 tune that really manages to swing. There is an infectious Montgomery original called Cariba, compelling fast versions of Blue & Boogie, and Wes' S.O.S. as well as a great version of the standard Come Rain Or Come Shine. Of particular interest to guitar lovers is Wes' intimate version of I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, which he plays in chord-melody style, and for which Griffin sits out. It has a wonderful spanish tinged introduction.

At the time of this recording the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers & Jimmy Cobb was regarded as one of the finest in jazz, and they give the soloists immaculate and supple support. Wynton Kelly's own piano solos are excellent. All in all this album is a jazz classic, and represents one of the pinnacles of small group hard bop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greybuff on 26 Aug. 2013
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For the second time (the other was Herbie Hancock's Takin Off) I should have noted that this version is on the Hallmark label, so no track timings, no personnel listing, no recording dates, no nothin'. I don't know whether Hallmark have copyright problems with that kind of information or whether they're just too lazy or mean to include it, but either way for the serious jazz fan it's a nuisance. But the record is cheap and the sound quality is acceptable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By virgilio venditti on 26 April 2004
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...Jesus: this record is full of energy and poetry at the same time; theplayers cast is no less than stellar and for all the record there's one ofthe most intense interplay you'll ever heard, in a group ofmusicians.
Jimmy Cobb, Winton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Wes, Johnny Griffinplayed in '62 this record that you will definitely buy and enjoy for therest of your life. Trust me: I KNOW IT!!!! No further words needed.
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