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Considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz guitarists that ever lived. His sound was revolutionary, and often imitated. Many, to this day use his technique of playing the same notes in two different octaves in unison.
Wes doesnt have that much space to demonstrate this technique here. His playing waves through classical arrangements of strings and horns.
I like to think of this album as, Jazz Meets Classical. Most, if not all, the songs on this album start off with classical influenced intros, then float into jazzy renditions of rather, pop tunes, that were popular at the time, with some standards.
Many disregard this as a great album. I beg to difer. Yes the jazz influences here are sometimes over shadowed by classical influences. But then again, if I were a classical fan, I'd think of it the other way, so all in all, the two musical art forms go together well here on this album. They add a little charisma to the music, and its a change from the usual swing and improvisation.
I dont know if Wes was talked into this. Maybe it had something to do with his association with A&M Records. Either way, I like how the end product came out.
Wes Montgomery had died before this album had come out. He also delivered a Hollywood Palace appearence the same year, just weeks before his death. It was a shame because Wes could not deliver any more wonderful music like this wonderful package.
There are two sides of Wes Montgomery. The strictly jazz side of him, and the pop Wes Montgomery. Both sides had wonderful jazz guitar playing, and swang beautiful, no matter what songs he was preforming.
If you like Henry Mancini, or Percy Faith, you'll love this CD.Read more ›
If this cd gets five stars then A Day in the Life would get six stars.
Why am I giving this cd five stars anyway?
Because I am not comparing it to other pre-Verve recordings Wes made like Boss Guitar - If I did, this cd would get two stars.
I am comparing it to other Pop/MOR/Sweet/Commercial/Lite/Easy Listening jazz guitar recordings I have heard by the likes of George Benson, Earl Klugh, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carleton etc.
Like Wes, these afore-menitioned artists have made quality non-commercial jazz recordings.
However, in this particular commercial pop jazz field, this and the other afore-mentioned recording by Wes is over and above far superior to ones made by the other artists mentioned.
This recording, while commercial due to the adding of strings and mainstream/pop material of the day. still contains high quality playing by Wes which is not far removed from his pre-Verve recordings. Wes and the production team make a strong attempt to avoid melodic cliches where it is hard to do in much of the pop material, and each song is mostly distinguishable from the next one that follows.
Of the commercial jazz (Fuzak) material I heard by the other artists mentioned; the playing and production is full of pop jazz cliches and each song is indistinguishable from the next.
Another way to compare this is to compare Pop Jazz recordings made by Miles Davis in the late 70's/Early 80's to those made by Kenny G.Read more ›
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Wes is most excellent on this, his last recording. Eric Anderson's review, June 2014, nailed it. There are no wild, untethered, extended excursions where every note from some... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely love it. Takes me down memory land, Jazz in the 70'sPublished 1 month ago by Cynthia Hinson
Some people call this elevator music, well I want to live in a elevator I guess! Wes Montgomery was a huge talent and this cd is always playing at my house and in my car. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bigkid4ever
I first heard Road Song I believe in 1970. No regrets for buying the CD and replacing my vinyl. Wes Montgomery is very good. I have the trilogy of his A&M productions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynn E. Sykes
These songs are short, sweet, and supported by classical-tinged string and woodwind arrangements. This is not heavy jazz in any sense. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric J. Anderson
If you have only 1 Wes Montgomery CD, then this is it.
It is great music by a great musician.