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Wes Montgomery

g, 1923-1968 US, Indianapolis
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. John Leslie Montgomery

American jazz guitarist. Born: 6 March 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Died: 15 June 1968 (sudden heart attack) in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (aged 45). Wes is known for the use of his thumb rather than a plectrum; his trademark use of octaves in both melody and improvisation; his highly original melodic and rhythmic imaginaton. His favoured guitars were Gibson L5s strung with Gibson heavy gauge flat wound strings. Brother of the pianist and vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery (1930–2009), and of the bassist Monk Montgomery (1921–1982).

     
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
Genres
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
A Day In The Life on A Day In The Life by Wes Montgomery
While We're Young on So Much Guitar! by Wes Montgomery
Days Of Wine And Roses on Boss Guitar by Wes Montgomery
Polka Dots And Moonbeams on Incredible Jazz Guitar by Wes Montgomery
Baby, It's Cold Outside on Christmas Cookin' by Jimmy Smith
In Your Own Sweet Way on Incredible Jazz Guitar by Wes Montgomery
Bumpin' On Sunset on Tequila by Wes Montgomery
How Insensitive on Tequila by Wes Montgomery
Tequila on Tequila by Wes Montgomery
Caravan on Movin' Wes by Wes Montgomery

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
In Paris: The Definitive ORTF RecordingWes Montgomery2017Album
Smokin' In Seattle Live At The PenthouseWynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery2017Album
The Complete Montgomery Brothers Quartet Studio SessionsWes Montgomery2017Compil.
5 Original AlbumsWes Montgomery2016Album
MontgomerylandWes Montgomery2016Compil.
In The BeginningWes Montgomery2015Compil.
One Night In IndyWes Montgomery Featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio2015Album
Live At The Turf ClubWes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet2014Album
Lo Mejor De... West MontgomeryWes Montgomery2014Compil.
Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson QuintetWes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet2014Album
Incredible Jazz GuitarWes Montgomery2013Compil.
The Unissued 1965 Half Note BroadcastsWes Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio2013Album
Eight Classic AlbumsWes Montgomery2012Compil.
The Very Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2012Compil.
Echoes Of Indiana AvenueWes Montgomery2012Compil.
Three Classic Albums PlusWes Montgomery2011Compil.
The Montgomery Brothers + The Wes Montgomery TrioWes Montgomery2011Compil.
Movin': The Complete Verve RecordingsWes Montgomery2011Album
The Montgomeryland SessionsWes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery & Monk Montgomery With Harold Land & Pony Poindexter2011Compil.
Plays The HitsWes Montgomery2010Compil.
Way Out WesWes Montgomery2010Compil.
Kismet / The King And IThe Mastersounds With Wes Montgomery2009Compil.
The Montgomeryland SessionsWes Montgomery2009Compil.
Bumpin' On Sunset (Part One) / Bumpin' On Sunset (Part Two)Wes Montgomery2007Single
Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live In '65Wes Montgomery2007Album
El MomentoWes Montgomery2007Album
Bumpin' On SunsetWes Montgomery2007Compil.
Riverside Profiles: Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2006Compil.
In Europe 1965Wes Montgomery2006Album
The Best of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2006Compil.
A Day In The Life / Down Here On The GroundWes Montgomery2006Compil.
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2005Compil.
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2004Compil.
Navy SwingWes Montgomery2004Album
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2004Compil.
Incredible WesWes Montgomery2004Compil.
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery2003Compil.
The Blue Soul Of WesWes Montgomery2003Compil.
Special Broadcast Jam SessionsCharlie Christian, Wes Montgomery2002Compil.
Full HouseWes Montgomery2001Compil.
Complete Live At JorgiesWes Montgomery2001Compil.
The Story Of JazzWes Montgomery2000Compil.
Wes Montgomery's Finest HourWes Montgomery2000Compil.
Impressions Of ParisWes Montgomery2000Album
DangerousWes Montgomery1999Compil.
Ultimate Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1998Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1998Compil.
Anthology 1959-1968Wes Montgomery1998Compil.
Belgium, 1965Wes Montgomery1998Album
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1997Compil.
Original Jazz Classics CollectionWes Montgomery1997Compil.
Jazz Masters (100 Ans De Jazz)Wes Montgomery1997Compil.
Jazz MastersWes Montgomery1997Compil.
Twisted BluesWes Montgomery1996Compil.
Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid JazzWes Montgomery1996Compil.
Encores, Volume 2:Blue 'n' BoogieWes Montgomery1996Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1996Album
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1996Compil.
Live At Jorgies And More Volume 2Wes Montgomery1996Album
Body And Soul (Recorded Live At Ronnie Scott's Club)Wes Montgomery1996Album
Fingerpickin'Wes Montgomery1996Compil.
Encores, Volume 1: Body & SoulWes Montgomery1996Album
Wes Montgomery With Melvin RhyneWes Montgomery With Mel Rhyne1996Compil.
Straight, No ChaserWes Montgomery1995Album
Impressions: The Verve Jazz SidesWes Montgomery1995Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1995Compil.
Round About MidnightWes Montgomery1994Single
Jazz 'Round MidnightWes Montgomery1994Compil.
Verve Jazz Masters 14Wes Montgomery1994Compil.
Full HouseWes Montgomery1993Compil.
Twisted BluesWes Montgomery1993Album
The Best of WesWes Montgomery1993Compil.
Private Recording And RaritiesWes Montgomery1992Album
Live In EuropeWes Montgomery1992Album
The Complete Riverside RecordingsWes Montgomery1992Compil.
Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Joe PassWes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Joe Pass1991Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1991Compil.
Far WesWes Montgomery1990Compil.
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1989Album
Smokin' At The Half Note Vol. 2Wynton Kelly Trio / Wes Montgomery1988Album
Wes Montgomery Plays The BluesWes Montgomery1988Compil.
VARA Radio - 1965Clark Terry, Wes Montgomery1988Album
Three Classic Albums: Fingerpickin' / Far Wes / The Wes Montgomery TríoWes Montgomery1987Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1987Compil.
The Artistry Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1986Compil.
'Round MidnightWes Montgomery1986Album
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1985Album
Jazz Is Here To Stay Vol 2Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith, Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson1985Compil.
Midnight GuitaristWes Montgomery1985Compil.
The Silver CollectionWes Montgomery1984Compil.
EncoresWes Montgomery1983Compil.
Moanin'Wes Montgomery1983Album
Besame MuchoWes Montgomery1983Album
EncoresWes Montgomery1983Album
Born To Be BlueWes Montgomery1983Album
The Alternative Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1982Album
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1982Album
YesterdaysWes Montgomery1980Compil.
ImpressionsWes Montgomery1980Album
Groove BrothersWes Montgomery1979Compil.
Pretty BlueWes Montgomery1978Compil.
Movin'Wes Montgomery1977Compil.
The Small Group RecordingsWes Montgomery1976Compil.
Guitar TapestryWes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Johnny Smith, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joseph Iadone, Don Arnone, Chet Atkins, Tony Mottola, Al Caiola, Eric Weissberg, Vinnie Bell, Jay Berliner, Don Young, Al Casamenti1976Album
BeginningsWes Montgomery1975Compil.
Pretty BlueWes Montgomery1975Compil.
Return EngagementWes Montgomery1974Compil.
PerfectWes Montgomery1974Compil.
Grandes ÉxitosWes Montgomery1974Album
Solitude Part 1Wes Montgomery1973Album
Jazz History Vol.1Wes Montgomery / Jimmy Smith1973Compil.
Gem of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1973Compil.
A Day In The LifeWes Montgomery1973Single
Wes And FriendsWes Montgomery - Milt Jackson - George Shearing1973Compil.
While We're YoungWes Montgomery1973Album
Solitude Part 2Wes Montgomery1973Album
The Paris SessionWes Montgomery1972Album
Jazz History Vol.8Wes Montgomery1972Compil.
The History Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1972Compil.
Golden PrizeWes Montgomery1971Compil.
Jazz Spectrum Vol. 8Wes Montgomery1971Compil.
When A Man Loves A Woman / YesterdayWes Montgomery1971Single
Just Walkin'Wes Montgomery1971Album
California NightsWes Montgomery1971Compil.
Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1970Compil.
Greatest HitsWes Montgomery1970Single
The Joker / Trust In MeWes Montgomery1970Single
Greatest HitsWes Montgomery1970Compil.
Willow Weep For MeWes Montgomery1969Album
Further Adventures Of Jimmy Smith & Wes MontgomeryJimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery1969Album
PanoramaWes Montgomery1969Compil.
ア・デイ・イソ・ザ・ライフWes Montgomery1969Single
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)Wes Montgomery1968Single
MemorialWes Montgomery1968Compil.
Down Here On The GroundWes Montgomery1968Album
Road SongWes Montgomery1968Album
A Portrait Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1968Compil.
Down Here On The GroundWes Montgomery1968Single
The Best Of Wes Montgomery Vol. 2Wes Montgomery1968Compil.
Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For YouWes Montgomery1968Single
March 6, 1925-June 15, 1968Wes Montgomery1968Single
Wind Song / Goin' On To DetroitWes Montgomery1968Single
March 6, 1925-June 15, 1968Wes Montgomery1968Compil.
Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Fly Me To The MoonWes Montgomery1968Single
A Tribute To Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1968Compil.
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1968Compil.
Windy / A Day In The Life (Part 1)Wes Montgomery1967Single
A Day In The LifeWes Montgomery1967Album
TequilaWes Montgomery1967Single
Windy / Watch What HappensWes Montgomery1967Single
A Day In The LifeWes Montgomery1967Single
The Best Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1967Compil.
Goin' Out Of My HeadWes Montgomery1966Album
TequilaWes Montgomery1966Album
Bumpin' On Sunset / TequilaWes Montgomery1966Single
Jimmy & Wes - The Dynamic DuoJimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery1966Album
California DreamingWes Montgomery1966Album
California Dreaming / Mr. WalkerWes Montgomery1966Single
The Sandpiper (The Shadow Of Your Smile)Wes Montgomery1966Single
Verve Celebrity SeriesWes Montgomery1966Single
Goin' Out Of My HeadWes Montgomery1966Single
Easy GrooveWes Montgomery1966Compil.
Bumpin'Wes Montgomery1965Album
Love Theme From "The Sandpiper" (The Shadow Of Your Smile) / Bumpin' (Part II)Wes Montgomery1965Single
Smokin' At The Half NoteWynton Kelly Trio / Wes Montgomery1965Album
Tequila / Goin' Out Of My HeadWes Montgomery1965Single
BumpinWes Montgomery1965Single
Movin' WesWes Montgomery1964Album
All The Way / Pretty BlueWes Montgomery1964Single
Movin' WesWes Montgomery1964Single
George Shearing And The Montgomery BrothersGeorge Shearing, Wes Montgomery1964Single
Go!Wes Montgomery1964Album
Boss GuitarWes Montgomery1963Album
Fusion!Wes Montgomery1963Album
Giants MeetingMilt Jackson And Wes Montgomery1963Single
Full HouseWes Montgomery1962Single
Bags Meets Wes!Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery1962Album
Bags Meets Wes!Milt Jackson / Wes Montgomery1962Single
S. K. J. / Stairway To The StarsMilt Jackson And Wes Montgomery1962Single
The Genius Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1962Compil.
Full HouseWes Montgomery1962Album
SO Much Guitar!Wes Montgomery1961Album
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery1960Album
MontgomerylandMonk Montgomery, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery, Harold Land, Pony Poindexter, Louis Hayes, Tony Bazley1960Album
Wes Is Back: The Genius Of Jazz GuitarWes Montgomery1960Compil.
Tune UpWes Montgomery1960Single
Movin' AlongWes Montgomery1960Album
Live At Ronnie Scott'sWes MontgomeryAlbum
Double DeluxeWes MontgomeryCompil.
The Poll Winners - Giants MeetingCannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery And Ray BrownSingle
EulogyWes MontgomeryCompil.
StarportraitJimmy Smith / Wes MontgomeryCompil.
The Final YearsWes MontgomeryCompil.
Live At JorgiesWes MontgomeryAlbum
California Dreaming / How InsensitiveWes MontgomerySingle
Wind Song / Georgia On My MindWes MontgomerySingle
Three Top GuitaristsWes Montgomery - Jim Hall - Kenny BurrellCompil.
2 Record Set Sampler! The Best of... RiversideHerbie Mann, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk & Charlie ByrdCompil.
Live '61Wes MontgomeryAlbum
Jazz MagazineWes MontgomeryCompil.
George Benson - Herbie Mann - Nat Adderley - K. Winding - J.J. Johnson - Wes Montgomery - Quincy Jones - Paul DesmondGeorge Benson - Herbie Mann - Nat Adderley, Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Wes Montgomery - Quincy Jones - Paul DesmondCompil.
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