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thumb plonking bonanza,
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This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus [The Wes Montgomery Trio / Montgomeryland / The Incredible Jazz Guitar] (Audio CD)
Most unexpedctedly I find I can only give this compilation 4 stars - not least because it is truly astounding value for money and Wes is undoubtedly a guitarist of the first order. Way back in the sixties when we first heard his muted playing it sounded amazing and the tracks here pairing guitar and organ are inspired and excellent. I've had these CDs a week now and much to my surprise - especially since I got them to study phrasing and technique to brush up my own playing with the acquisition of an old Antoria jazz box - I find much of the material sounding tired and predictable. The superfast octaves are at first impressive but as each track follows pretty much the same thematic development they become irritatingly manic to the point where I can no longer bear to play them... for a while anyway.
So, alas, only four stars because of the unrelenting thumb plonking - original, clever and often witty, yes... in small doses. So today, as an antidote, I have ordered the classic Jim Hall album Concierto to sooth my ragged nerves.