Wes Montgomery weekend.

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  1. L.A. Mike

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    Mind blowing. He appears to be doing up and down strokes with just his thumb. The speed and clarity he was able to achieve is so impressive. And his tone and soul really shine.

    Post a favorite video of your own if you have one or just enjoy these:


     
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    Wes' Four-On-Six, which is to the chords of Summertime. Nice camera focus on both hands.

     
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    He was just incredible!
     
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    The greatest! I bought a ‘56 L5 in 1972 so I could play like Wes. You can guess the rest of that story. But I still have that guitar and still think he’s the king of em all y’all.
     
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    Wes learned to pick with his thumb because the sound of the pick clicking on the strings would wake his wife up. The only time he had to practice was at night, so to keep the peace with the better half, he ditched the pick. True story.

    He is my favorite jazz guitarist, and I have several of his LP's in my collection. A good one to have is a double record set titled, "While We're Young". Another cool find was a live recording from an impromptu gathering at a club, "Willow Weep For Me".
     
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    My favorites are the trio work he did with Jimmy Smith.

     
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    Smooth as silk and creamy like buttah!
     
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    Not to change the subject, but Jimmy Smith could play nursery rhymes and I'd pay money to go hear them.
     
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    He only had 1 or 2 solo pieces (that I've run across so far). This is one of my favorite songs...



    In terms of playing surprisingly fast with the thumb, I am always impressed with his solo stuff on "Impressions". He thumbs the "Cry me a River Lick" with fluidity that isn't that isn't easy to emulate.



    Another one of my favorites was this version "Around Midnight" with Harold Mabern...



    I try not to dwell on those later Verve recordings.
     
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    Even with those arrangements, Wes still had that unbelievable groove and ability to play "in the pocket." Such a brilliant guitarist...
     
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