Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65
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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. -- IndyStar.com, Jay Harvey, December 19, 2008
Jazz Icons represents the new millennium's most welcome shot in the arm for the music's soul -- Newsday.com, October 14, 2007, Gene Seymour
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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 ....my 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 guy..now I can actualy see him play....
I have seen many many jazz guitar artists play live and on screen...to 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 tale..as 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...Read more ›
These three short sets filmed in Europe in 1965 are a blessing to those of us too young to have ever seen Wes Montgomery in person. Granted that of the three sets, the British cats do come off 'a bit tight'. However; it still swings because of Wes'
phrasing, his choice of notes, his rhythms, and his ability to groove. This is just a great package from the folks at Jazz Icons.
Lastly, this is a perfect compliment to the 12 CD box set of Wes Montgomery's complete Riverside recordings.
As world famous jazz DJ Alan Grant used to say, "Stay beautiful!"
Wes Montgomery is beautiful, man!
have the kind of coverage then, that we have now, for half the talent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jazz Icons is a collection with excelent music and good quality videos considering when were the recordings madePublished 3 months ago by Luis E. Castaneda
Excellent Wes live performances can see him playing his classic Gibson guitar.Published 6 months ago by George Gartner
The gig in Holland was by far the best.
The Dutch sidemen seem to push Wes to an even higher level of energy, inspiration, peerless musicianship, unimpeachable swing and... Read more
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 DVDPublished on June 4, 2014 by Audrey Chaney