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Wes Montgomery

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 6, 1925 | Died: June 15, 1968    

Wes Montgomery

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (where he also died of a heart attack in 1968), Montgomery came from a musical family, in which his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone, and piano), were jazz performers. Although Wes was not skilled at reading music, he could learn complex melodies and riffs by ear. Montgomery started learning guitar in his late teens, listening to and learning recordings of his idol, the guitarist Charlie Christian.

Along with the use of octaves (playing the same note on two strings one octave apart) for which he is widely known, Montgomery was also an excellent “single-line” or “single-note” player, and was very influential in the use of block chords in his solos. His playing on the jazz standard “Lover Man” is an example of his single-note, octave and block chord soloing. (”Lover Man” appears on the Fantasy album THE MONTGOMERY BROTHERS.)...
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  • Live At The Turf Club
    Verve Records
    2014
  • Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet
    Verve Records
    2014
  • Echoes Of Indiana Avenue
    Resonance Records
    2012
  • Eight Classic Albums
    Verve Records
    2012
  • Wes Montgomery Cannonball Adderley & The Poll Winners
    Verve Records
    2011
  • The Montgomery Brothers + The Wes Montgomery Trio
    Verve Records
    2011
  • Three Classic Albums Plus
    Verve Records
    2011
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