Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wes Montgomery – Round Midnight (Riverside)

Wes Montgomery who sadly disappeared at the early age of 45 on June 15, 1968, is remembered as one of the major Jazz artists, influencing countless others, including George Benson, Grant Green, Lee Ritenour and Ronny Jordan to name but a few.
We find him here on a live version of this standard written by Thelonious Monk back in 1944, accompanied by Harold Mabern on piano, Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. Wes would record it first in 1959 under The Wes Montgomery Trio guise, along with Melvin Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums, as the opening cut to the ‘A Dynamic New Sound: Guitar Organ Drums’ album on Riverside…

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