This important historic jazz record pairs guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery with Miles Davis' rhythm section - featuring Paul Chambers on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Wynton Kelly on piano.
This is timeless music that has inspired innumerable jazz guitarists and aficionados. In fact, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny has said, "I learned to play listening to Wes Montgomery's Smokin' at the Half Note." Metheny additionally said that the solo on "If You Could See Me Now" is his favorite of all time.
This legendary session was recorded at a New York nightclub. It captures Montgomery at the height of his improvisational powers. Many consider it the best performance on record by one of the most inventive guitarists in jazz history.
Highlights include the Miles Davis opener, "No Blues," and the following track, Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now." And the album's versions of "Unit 7" and "Four on Six" have helped to establish these songs as jazz standards.
Seeking to offer definitive audiophile-grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises' audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets.
Wynton Kelly and his trio are clearly chuffed to have guitarist Wes Montgomery sitting in with them, especially as he lays into some lightning bolt solos on their version of 'If You Could See Me Now' and Sam Jones' boppy composition 'Unit 7.'
- Acoustic Sounds Series Reissue from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises
- 180g Vinyl LP
- Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from Original Analog Tapes
- Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
- Stoughton Printing Gatefold Old-Style Tip-On Jacket
- No Blues
- If You Could See Me Now
- Unit 7
- Four on Six
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