Wes Montgomery - Angel Eyes

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  1. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire

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    I got 'challenged' (FB tagged) to do a Wes Montgomery cover.
    I chose Matt Dennis' "Angel Eyes".
    It's from a Montgomery Brothers record - "The Montgomery Brothers in Canada" from 1961.
    I learned it a long time ago. It uses relatively few chord shapes. In fact, Wes overall used relatively few chord shapes.

    It's a beautiful example of nothing wasted, nothing unnecessary.



    Here are my very rough notes ...

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    awesome. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks.


    Having the chart right there is very nice.
     
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    That's great! Thank you. Wes was such a MFer in every single respect. I love his version of While We're Young. Simple but stunning.
     
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    Wes was pure music. He never ceases to impress me (astound me) with his elegance and grace on the instrument ... and I've been listening to him for 40 years.
     
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    My pleasure.
    To anyone who's looking at that sketch chart. It's very, very rough.
    I didn't notate a lot of the melody because I know it and it's the top note of a lot of the chord voicings. Many of the rhythms aren't notated at all or not played as notated.

    I learned that arrangement proper probably 35 years ago with a teacher.
    He gave me a 'lead sheet' and said that "90% of the voicings Wes is using - you already know" (which was true). It took me about a week solid to sus most of it out. The hardest part (to hear) were the cowboy chords he uses at the end of the [A] sections. At the time, I couldn't conceive of Wes playing 'open' chords, lol! I think that they're some of the coolest points in that arrangement. Learning this was a pivotal point in my music/guitar education.
     
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    Great
     
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    Really nice, Ken! Thank you for sharing that. I need to have a closer look at it.
     
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    If you have any questions, give a holler.
     
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