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Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

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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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"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. -- 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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Product Details

  • 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:
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  • 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 (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TNJIII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By jojo on September 12, 2007
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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 ....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...
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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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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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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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Let's agree that the amount of available video footage of Mr. Montgomery is diminutive to say the least.
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!
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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 Switzerland and to the club where he had done some of his recording on the DVD, Bern Switzerland
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All the Jazz Icons are real treasures. To capture Wes Montgomery on film is a rare and joyous event. It is a real shame that we didn't
have the kind of coverage then, that we have now, for half the talent.
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