Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wes Montgomery - Fingerpickin' (1958) [Remastered 1996]

Wes Montgomery - Fingerpickin' (1958) [Remastered 1996]
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Genre ~ Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label ~ Pacific Jazz Records

Guitarist Wes Montgomery first recorded in the late '40s during his brief period with Lionel Hampton before returning to Indianapolis. He next emerged on record on December 30, 1957, for a Pacific Jazz set with local musicians including his two brothers, vibraphonist Buddy and electric bassist Monk. This CD reissues the complete album (which usually has appeared in piecemeal fashion) and finds Wes already quite recognizable. The pretty standard hard bop music (which usually features Buddy's vibes as the lead voice) is also of interest due to the presence of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard who at age 17 was making his recording debut; he sounds a bit nervous. In addition to this set, the CD has three songs from the one session that Wes made with his brothers' popular group, the Mastersounds. He actually appeared on the full album (a set of music taken from the film Kismet) but these are the only titles that include guitar solos. Although this reissue on a whole is not essential, the music is generally enjoyable and the CD will fill some gaps in one's Wes Montgomery collection. ~ AllMusic


1. Sound Carrier
2. Bud's Beaux Arts
3. Bock to Bock
4. Billie's Bounce
5. Lois Ann
6. All the Things You Are
7. Fingerpickin'
8. Stranger in Paradise
9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
10. Not Since Nineveh

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