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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz guitar! But not jazz guitar..., 7 Mar 2009
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Tiernan Henry (Galway, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Boss Guitar (Audio CD)
There are lots of potential "Dear God, no!" moments in music that can sear a listener's brain: the flagrant and casual use of the accordion (remember that the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't); jazz flute (surely the Abu Ghraib of music?); and, probably wrongly, jazz guitar. Images and sounds of this latter potential horror abound as players squeeze and hammer as many notes as possible into a bar, all the while looking like they are - while we are - suffering for their art.
And then there's Wes Montgomery.
On "Boss Guitar" Montgomery and his trio weave a gorgeous musical spell with this fabulous collection of tunes. This is definitely the work of a working band, all aware of each other's moods and idiosyncracies, who could record an album in a day (in this case April 22, 1963).
Montgomery's career was brief and not all of his recordings have been handled with great care, but this 1989 remastering is inspired.
The songs leap from the speakers, crackling with that live in the stdio sound of a band completely in sych with each other. Jimmy Cobb's drumming drives the songs and finds the perfect path for the rhythm while Mel Rhyne's organ at times mirrors Montgomery's playing, at other times provides a rolling wave on which the music rides and surfs.
As for Montgomery his playing is sublime and unhurried. Never fussy, the lead lines he plays weave around the melodies in a warm, full sound. There's no sharpness or brightness to his playing; the music sounds like it's completely naturally unrolling right in front of you, revealing a full image of the whole song.
Buy this, listen to this, listen again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious!, 2 Sep 2011
This review is from: Boss Guitar [Original Jazz Classics Remasters] (Audio CD)
The package was perfect.The cd is a must for a guitar player, but also for people who love '50s jazz.Great Wes!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme!!!, 18 Nov 2008
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What can be said about one of the most important jazz guitarist of all time, which hasn't already been said...

So I'll just say, that I have no idea why this album seem to be a bit overlooked in his production, because in my opinion, this trio recording (on Riverside) range among his finest hour. He playing is really sublime and inspired all the way through.

This is one of my favourite recordings with Wes Montgomery - if you like Wes, this one is certainly a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever, 27 Jan 2014
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This is a great album - really cool sound with Mel Rhyne Hammond Organ and Jimmy Cobb on drums providing excellent support to guitar boss Wes Montgomery. Favourites include two smokin' takes on a jazz-waltz version of Besame Mucho, a cool bossa nova Canadian Sunset, and a blues entitled Fried Pies (also in two takes). If you want to know what jazz guitar can and should sound like, get this album.
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