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Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65 (2007)

Wes Montgomery  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Wes Montgomery
  • Format: Best of, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,603 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films". -- Jazz Times

Close-ups of Montgomery's hands traversing the fretboard should be required viewing for any aspiring jazz guitarist. -- THE BOSTON PHOENIX, 11/26/2007, By: JEFF TAMARKIN

Indianapolis' gift to the jazz guitar is captured here, in this Jazz Icons DVD series featuring major figures caught in performance decades ago on European television. Thanks to the diligence of Dutch, Belgian and English directors and cameramen who took generous close-ups of his hands, Montgomery's trailblazing style can be either studied or simply marveled at. He's at work here with different rhythm sections in each country, which allows fascinating views of his ensemble collegiality. --, Jay Harvey, December 19, 2008

Jazz Icons represents the new millennium's most welcome shot in the arm for the music's soul --, October 14, 2007, Gene Seymour

Product Description

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery shines a light on one of the most unique and influential guitarists in music history. These beautifully filmed programs from the spring of 1965 feature Wes, in intimate studio settings, leading three different lineups through some of his best-known tunes, including "Four On Six", "Jingles" and "West Coast Blues". This rare footage, complete with rehearsals, between-song banter and closeup camera angles, illuminates We's extraordinary musical vocabulary and unconventional picking technique. An in-depth, song-by-song analysis by legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny makes this DVD a guitar lover's dream.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One & Only September 12, 2007
By jojo
Where do I start..? first... I have been playing the guitar for more than 40-years as a pro..and last 15-years as a jazz guitarist. This DVD has three parts..the second part was available in portions under the Ginus of Jazz guitar Vol 1 and 2.

However...this DVD has cleaned and restored the picture and sound to a level that it is just amazing from T.V. shows recording back in 60's.

Now about the content. The minute I started watching Wes in the first concert talking to the piano player and the band and teaching them a new tune by just casualy speaking and smoking god..Wes Montgomery was alive and well speaking about music right in my living room.

I would say the way he plays the guitar and plays all his ideas one after another with such ease and smile..makes you cry...

Confession...the last three days I have been going home make myself a drink and playing this DVD and sit there and weep.

See ...I grew up listening and envy this I can actualy see him play....

I have seen many many jazz guitar artists play live and on me nothing beats Wes.

There are and they were lots of guitar players that as far as instrument technique have been superior ...but NOBODY had the SOUL and the GROOVE of the WES...when he gets going..the whole band is riding on his if by god I can't beleive this. he had a incredable GROOVE and sense of SWING that made the drummers happy as a kid in a candy store....

Ask any jazz guitar player what kind of guitar sound are they after ...I bet more than 90% will say I like my guitar to sound like Wes..and in the DVD you see what he is using..the Wes Montgomery Model Gibson L-5 (one pick-up only) and Standler tube amp which were being made since 1953...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Finally, this DVD makes available a 78 minute collection of 3 European TV videos of the Jazz guitar master Wes Montgomery w/ 3 different trios backing him in mostly his compositions... the music is an inspiration & watching the many camera angles of Wes playing guitar is a revelation to anyone who admires this legendary innovator [who stands with gypsy Django Reinhardt & Les Paul as the 3 most influential Jazz guitarists of this past century]... Montgomery's right hand thumb strumming & picking is uniquely innovative to his sound & in this video, you can marvel at this amazing technique again & again as he is breezin' thru his chord soloing & octave melodies... i especially enjoy the 2nd set in Belgium as Wes really swings w/ an all black jazz musician's trio behind him burnin' thru "Impressions" & "Jingles" as well as 3 other tunes... this DVD is an "Instant Classic" that belongs in any serious jazz-influenced guitarist's collection !!! the liner notes by Pat Metheny are very detailed & great to read in addition to watching Wes finally in a full length DVD... this amazing video has reinspired my love of Wes Montgomery like the Grappelli 2 DVD set does for my love Django's playing = Buy It if you love virtuoso Jazz Guitar !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes Montgomery Live in 1965 October 9, 2009
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Amazingly clear footage with great shots in a relaxed atmosphere that captures Wes' character, relaxed approach and technique to his awesome playing style. The dialogue between Wes and the piano player in working out a tune gives a glimpse into their chord knowledge and experience. I've been playing for over 40 years and was influenced by Wes and Kenny Burrell in my beginning years. I recommend this video for any serious jazz guitarist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing November 17, 2007
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This new release is better than anything I've seen previously. Let's face it, anything (audio-visual) produced back in the sixties lacked the technology that exists today. Most of the footage looks like it was shot on a TV soundstage. But, if you have never seen this man perform, this documentation is well worth the $20 price tag. There are closeups of his hands playing and enhanced AV, that make this more revealing than the Legends of Jazz Guitar series. Anyone who is a student of this instrument, will benefit from this disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed December 17, 2008
By Flyer X
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I have been playing guitar for 45 years. I had no idea how good Wes was live. I'm truly amazed at this video. I don't think anyone plays that well. This had to be his best performances ever recorded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of Wes's Playing December 18, 2010
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I feel that this is a must own for any jazz guitar player or fan of Wes Montgomery. It is comprised of three sessions with Wes playing with various groups. The first section with the band in Holland is superb. It's nice to hear Wes talk and teach a tune to the band. The second section is great, but has been previously released on Legends of Jazz Guitar Vol.1 which I already own. The third section in England is okay. At the very least, it's nice to have.

Overall, a great DVD and learning tool for a guitar student or a great piece of music and history for lovers of Wes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Guitar August 19, 2009
As I have mentioned on more than one other occasion in reviewing various musical genres, what goes around comes around. On the basis of doing a review of the legendary and ground-breaking Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker a friend sent me a this DVD of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. Well, although jazz is not my main area of interest (except where it intersects, as it does in many places, the blues) of course I knew the name, if not the specific work, of Wes Montgomery.

What we have here is very lovingly done tribute to Brother Montgomery, as part of a jazz icon series, by showcasing a set of three European performances in 1965 done during the prime of his jazz powers. Look, I know folk guitar and many of its virtuoso players backward and forward. I know rock guitar and many of its virtuoso performers as well. I know blues guitar and its virtuoso performers, like the above-mentioned T-Bone Walker, backward, forward and side way. I cannot same the same for the jazz guitar. I can say, though, off viewing this series of performances that Mr. Wes Montgomery fits very comfortably in that virtuoso category.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Jazz Icons are real treasures. To capture ...
All the Jazz Icons are real treasures. To capture Wes Montgomery on film is a rare and joyous event. Read more
Published 19 days ago by rayja
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD!
Published 1 month ago by Willie A. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Wes Montgomery
Mr. Montgomery is my absolute favorite musician. I love his jazz guitar style, he is in my opinion one of a kind artist. I love this concert DVD
Published 2 months ago by Audrey Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Jazz Artist
I have a fan of Wes Montgomery for many , many years. all the way back to the 50's and 60'. I was so taken by where he recorded some his music that I and my wife last visit Bern... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alfonza Wright Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes is then Man
This is a great way to see Wes do his thing. The practice sessions are great! He is truly a genioius, and you can see that by the way he directs the band during these rehearsals. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lakemama
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes is beautiful, man!
Let's agree that the amount of available video footage of Mr. Montgomery is diminutive to say the least. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. DeKay
5.0 out of 5 stars SHORT AND SWEET
If you play, or aspire to play, electric guitar you simply must have this DVD. Watch it over and over again. You will be amazed and inspired.
Published 13 months ago by Patrick in New York
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Wes Montgomery
It is the genius of Wes Montgomery, LIVE, with brief snippets of him rehearsing too. An important historical document. Great sound and video quality. Read more
Published 18 months ago by AJ Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes The King.
What else can I say, except that to listen to Wes, is to be inspired. Even today, Wes Montgomery adds new dimensions to jazz. Go ahead and take a listen to The King!
Published 18 months ago by Raymond H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes is the Best!
Great dvd worth twice the price. This is my second one. The first copy was borrowed by a friend and fellow guitarist. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James Cooper
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