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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes at this best, 18 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: Smokin' At The Half Note (Audio CD)
A remarkable record with a remarkable line-up. The legendary Wynton Kelly trio with Jimmy Cobb on Drums and Paul Chambers on Bass is the rythm section that accompanies the master.
If it were at all possible to name the best Jazz Guitar record ever, this would be high on the list. But don't limit this to Guitar. Even pianists love it!
The level is reduced slightly by a couple of balads where Wes decides to use a very strong vibrato effect which sounds a bit on the cheesy side. But boy can this band swing. Coltrane's Impressions finds here its best rendition on record. Breathtaking. And that Wes classic, Four on Six, at a much faster tempo than the original recording is remarkable.
The inventivness in the soloing and the tightness of the band are rare. An absolute must in any Jazz collection
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic playing all round, 28 Feb. 2007
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Mr. M. Mcconnell (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
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As a huge Wes fan i can happily say this is a great live live album. The combination of the rather good and seasoned Wynton Kelly trio (back from playing with Miles Davis) and great tone and phrasing of Mr Mongomery make for a great live recording.
I admit that at first i didn't feel the same hit as I got listening to some of his other work but gruadualy each track changed my mind and now It's up there with my favoroutes.
The highlights for me are two great ballads but in particular "Whats New" which has became one of my favourate recordings. Combined with the frantic "All Blues" and "Unit 7"as well as "Four On Six" you would think this band have played a lot together because the rappor between them is evident and the interplay between them creative.
Highly recomended although for those new to Wes should also consider either of the "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery" albums are great introductions (infact they were my introductions).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!, 13 Dec. 2007
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YES! This really is some smokin Jazz. When the musicians let rip on this it really does take you somewhere else.

If you like Jazz you must own this. If you like the guitar you must own this. If you like music you must own this. If you think you don't like jazz, listen to this record, and if you dont like it, you really dont like jazz.
This is REAL virtuosity on display here rather than pure technical ability. Steve Vai would give anything to play like this!

Brilliant!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice piece of jazz history, 26 Mar. 2009
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This CD has some great recordings of Wes Montgomery, even though it's recorded live it doesn't lose any clarity and it adds to the energy of the music that studio recordings sometimes lack. The instruments on this album are drum, bass, piano and guitar. All of them get to improvise and the overall sound of the jazz is typical sixties style bop. Wes improvises with an ease and fluidity, there's nothing jarring to the ear. If you are trying to get a feel for jazz guitar improvisation, or piano for that matter, then this is worth getting. The one thing that I don't like is that the bonus tracks, musically are superb, but each one is introduced by the live compare which is fine for the live performance, but gets on my nerves a bit after repeated listening. That is why I only rate the CD with four stars. In summary this album didn't disappoint me the music is great and I listen to it over and over without getting tired of it. The live atmosphere is captured on the CD which also adds to its quality. Plus the price of the CD makes it a bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album, 5 Mar. 2014
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Christophe Calis (BRUSSELS, Belgium, BE) - See all my reviews
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the live recording has a great sound quality. The setlist is great, all musicians are playing sharp. Great jazz album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smoking at the Half Note Review 2011, 23 Feb. 2011
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This is an essential album to buy if you love Wes Montgomery. My favourite song is track 1. It shows the depth of Wes' playing--complex chordal patterns with voice leading, octaves and chromatic passing notes. Wes' playing is complemented by his band. David Kraft
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