Wes Montgomery: Boss Guitar (2003)
Boss Guitar is a good measure of how far the guitarist had come in a few short years; although he was quite proficient early on, there’s an elegance and precision missing from the earliest recordings. Anyone expecting an album along the lines of a Jimmy Smith session will be disappointed, for this record leans heavily on interpretations of popular tunes from the time instead of jam-oriented material. Which is not to say that the trio doesn’t generate heat: the lightning-quick riffing of “Dearly Beloved” is as incendiary as anything Montgomery ever did, and “Fried Pies” is a funky original with a heavy does of blues riffs. Montgomery eventually headed to Verve, where his direction was poorly managed, and Boss Guitar is arguably his last great session.
Track Listing: 1. Besame Mucho 2. Dearly Beloved 3. Days Of Wine and Roses 4. The Trick Bag 5. Canadian Sunset 6. Fried Pies 7. The Breeze and I 8. For Heaven's Sake 9. Besame Mucho (alt. take) 10. Fried Pies (alt. take).
Personnel: Wes Montgomery-guitar; Mel Rhyne-organ; Jimmy Cobb-drums.
Record Label: Fantasy Jazz