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5.0 out of 5 stars genius, January 26, 2001
This review is from: The Complete Riverside Recordings [12 CD Box Set] (Audio CD)
Wes Montgomery was, as a matter of fact, a musical genius. full stop. I haven't enjoyed jazz as much as this a long time, although I own ~200 Jazz CDs and can't stop buying new ones all the time. He is simply able to improvise GREAT solos and to play with much feeling. His sound is very unique as a result of his special picking (no pick, just his thumb) and his heavy use of octaves. The selections range from (real great) trios with just drums and organ supporting Wes, to quintets or sextets. The sound quality is quite OK, it's just that this stuff is quite old and can't sound too great. Nevertheless, you're not annoyed by unwanted distortion or whatever. In my opinion, the riverside albums of wes are better than the on he released later (Verve), I just hate it when he's accompanied by strings. Although his playing is then great, too, everything sounds so cliché-like and sometimes just like elevator music. The packaging is... well, ok, this seems to be the weakest point of the set: you only get 3 double-CD-packs stuffed with 4 CDs each. My recommendation: If you like jazz, buy this one. If you need an introduction first, buy "The WM Trio" or "The incredible Jazz Guitar of WM". This box set features every track he has released under the Riverside label plus alternate takes.
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