Wes Montgomery: 1964-65

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Yesterday I found two fantastic videos of guitarist Wes Montgomery at YouTube, one in Hamburg in 1964 and the other in Belgium in 1965 (from the Jazz Icons DVD). In both cases, dig Montgomery's thumb.

Here's an exciting five-song rehearsal captured on tape featuring Montgomery with a powerhouse reed-driven group: Hans Koller (as), Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs), Martial Solal (p), Michel Gaudry (b) and Ronnie Stephenson (d)...



And here's Montgomery in Belgium in 1965 playing John Coltrane's Impressions...

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