Friday, May 26, 2017

Project G-5 - Tribute to Wes Montgomery

The year I993 marked the 25th anniversary of Wes Montgomery’s death in his birth place in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a stroke of appropriateness that guitarist Royce Campbell carried out his wish to pay homage to Montgomery with this third of a series of tribute recordings. Reams of words have been written about Montgomery’s unparalleled assets as jazz history’s most significant guitarist since Charlie Christian. His powerful rhythmic drive and fire, and flawlessly sculpted phrases invested with originality and imagination, contributed to his uniqueness. Moreover, the remarkable use of his thumb in place of a pick on the right hand literally liberated his fingers to complete his classic three-phase approach, juxtaposing choruses — first, a single note line, followed by riff passages played in octaves and, lastly, chordal passages. He achieved results which identified his distinctive sound and in essence opened up a new universe of fresh options in the guitar world. In sum, he ignited and continues to fuel the creative burners and lexicon of guitarists of unbounded genres. Montgomery commented to Max jones of Melody Maker magazine : “The method and technique that identify me were born out of limitations. We all have them and must accept and build something meaningful out of them. What I do might not be right technically, but the music comes out all the same. Why ? Because I had to play to tell my story.” His unorthodox tact was clearly a means to fulfill the need to express his own musical messages. As jazz guitar educator Adrian Ingram says, “What Wes did was to develop a germ of an idea into an entire new concept of guitar playing... he developed octave playing in a new way to create interest, and to add drama and tension to his improvisation..."
DR. Herb Wong, The Jazz Review, Jazz Educators Journal, KJAZ Radio, San Fancisco, from the booklet

Project G-5
Tribute to Wes Montgomery


1 Wes (Campbell)  6:11
2 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer)  7:07
3 Four on Six (Montgomery)  3:41
4 Darn That Dream (De Lange, Van Heusen)  5:26
5 Besame Mucho (Skylar, Velazquez)  7:22
6 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  6:47
7 West Coast Blues (Montgomery)  4:15
8 Yesterdays (Arkeen, Harbach, James, Johnson, Kern )  6:00
9 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:06
10 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  4:09
11 Naptown Blues (Montgomery)  9:02


Tal Farlow - g [# 3 & 11]
Herb Ellis - g [# 2, 6 & 11]
Jimmy Raney - g [# 1, 7, 8 & 10]
Cal Collins - g [# 2, 4 & 11]
Royce Campbell - g [# 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 & 11]
Mel Rhyne - org [# 1, 5, 7 8 & 10]
John Clayton Jr. - b
John von Ohlen - dr

Recorded at LRS Studios, Cicinnati, April 6, 1992 [# 1, 5, 7 8 & 10] ; & September Recording Studio, Indianapolis ; May 4, 1992 [other selectiosn]


JazzFan said...

Thank you Mel for the inexhaustible source of masterpieces!

Rax said...

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thanks again

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Paco Carpena said...

Another big one! Million thanks again for sharing.

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel!

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