Wes Montgomery – Far Wes

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This historical CD contains some of guitarist Wes Montgomery’s first recordings; in fact only three small-group songs predate these performances. The then-obscure guitarist is heard in two different quintets, both of which include his brothers Buddy (on piano) and Monk (playing electric bass). The earlier set has Harold Land’s tenor as a lead voice while altoist Pony Poindexter takes his place on the later date, Wes’s sound was already quite recognizable and he contributes six originals which alternate with Harold Land’s “Hymn for Carl” and four standards.

Personnel: Wes Montgomery (guitar); Pony Poindexter (alto saxophone); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Buddy Montgomery (piano); Monk Montgomery (electric bass); Tony Bazley, Louis Hayes (drums).

Tracklist

01. Far Wes
02. Leila
03. Old Folks
04. Wes’ Tune
05. Hymn For Carl
06. Montgomeryland Funk
07. Stompin’ At The Savoy
08. Monk’s Shop
09. Summertime
10. Falling In Love With Love
11. Renie

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