Wes Montgomery: 1957-58 - JazzWax

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March 02, 2012


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Greg Judd

Marc, your posts are not to be missed, but this is the kind of gem I'm subscribed for


This is a sensational discovery indeed, and I have listened to every sample at amazone.

What puzzles me though, is the fact that "Take The 'A' Train" (usually played in in C) is running a half tone too high, and is now "spinning" in D-flat.

I'm wondering why, 'cause "Misty" & "Body And Soul" are played in their correct keys, in A-flat & D-flat.

Check also the last one of the 'live' tracks: A blues in A-flat?

Okay, Wes was a virtuoso player, and he could certainly move up and down in each and every key. But wouldn't have been G the more reasonable choice for a relaxed after hours blues?

The studio tracks are all okay, as far as my tuning fork hasn't fooled me.

Anyway, it's a rare gem, and a fine addition to any jazz collection.

Rob Rijneke

Wes Montgomery - Nica's Dream (Holland 1965)
Wes Montgomery - Guitar
Pim Jacobs - Piano
Ruud Jacobs - Bass
Han Bennink - Drums


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