People Worth Listening To- Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery was an Indianapolis born jazz guitarist who is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time.  He influenced not only jazz music, but other forms of popular music as well.  His playing style included a lot of single note lines and octave figures. He played with his thumb instead of a pick, giving his playing a mellow and expressive sound.

I fell in love with his music and his playing when I purchased his 1960 album “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery”, which he recorded with pianist Tommy Flanagan, drummer Albert Heath and bassist Percy Heath.

 

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