Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ at the Half Note: 2023 (AS Series Vinyl LP)
All-Analog 180g Vinyl LP of the Wynton Kelly Trio and Wes Montgomery’s Smokin’ at the Half Note Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes, Pressed at QRP, and Housed in Stoughton Gatefold Jacket
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, piano
Wes Montgomery, guitar
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
- No Blues
- If You Could See Me Now
- Unit 7
- Four On Six
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