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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Albums

In the Beginning
In the Beginning
Resonance Records
2016
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Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning-Early Recordings from 1949-1958
Wes Montgomery: In...
Resonance
2015
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Wes Montgomery & The...
Verve Records
2014
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Live At The Turf Club
Verve Records
2014
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Eight Classic Albums
Verve Records
2012
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Echoes Of Indiana Avenue
Echoes Of Indiana...
Resonance Records
2012
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