Friday, January 21, 2011

Smokin' at the Half Note is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why Montgomery's dynamic live shows were considered the pinnacle of his brilliant and incredibly influential guitar playing. Pat Metheny calls this "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," and with performances of this caliber ("Unit 7" boasts one of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded) his statement is easily validated. Montgomery never played with more drive and confidence, and he's supported every step of the way by a genuinely smokin' Wynton Kelly Trio. In 1998, Verve reissued the complete show on disc two of Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides, although the scrambled track order and some non-essential cuts don't diminish the appeal of the original album.
Jim Smith
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Wes Montgomery
Smokin' at the Half Note


1 No Blues (Davis) 12:57
2 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron, Sigman) 8:21
3 Unit 7 (Jones) 6:45
4 Four on Six (Montgomery) 6:44
5 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart) 6:11

Wynton Kelly - p
Wes Montgomery - g
Paul Chambers - b
Jimmy Cobb - dr

Recorded in Performance [# 1-2] at the Half Note, New York City ; & Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; June 1965 & September 22, 1965


Melanchthon said...

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you!