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John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 - June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Bobby Broom, Royce Campbell, Grant Green, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Mark Whitfield, Joe Diorio, Tuck Andress, David Becker, Randy Napoleon, Larry Coryell and Emily Remler. Biography: Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to NPR Jazz Profiles "The Life and Music Of Wes Montgomery", the nickname "Wes" was a child's abbreviation of his middle name, Leslie. He came from a musical family; his brothers, Monk (double bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone and piano), were jazz performers. The brothers released a number of albums together as the Montgomery Brothers. Although he was not skilled at reading music, he...

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On Sep 23, 2009. 9:58pm
JazzMan said

Not enough "O"s in SMOOTH for this track guitar licks are superb.

On Apr 22, 2011. 9:00am
Christopher Lynch said

Unquestionably an exceptionally influential guitar voice. My favourite Wes album is with the hard-driving Jimmy Smith - "Jimmy and Wes The Dymamic Duo". The arrangements on it are by the magisterial Oliver Nelson. There isn't a dud track on it, so if you love Wes and Jimmy, trust the old Jazzbear! - this is the album for you.

On Aug 3, 2017. 6:06pm
Tim Chapman said

An Ellington classic played as well as any guitarist ever could.

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