EXCLUSIVE: The Jazz Jousters – Golden Moments with Wes Montgomery

by Edgar Roman

Golden Moments


In their 13th episode of Lab Off Season Two, Jazz Jousters scholar B 3 N B i introduced American Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery’s ‘Golden Earrings,’ a track released under album ‘Going Out of My Head’ in 1965.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1923, Wes Montgomery was a self taught guitarist who became, and is considered, a major influential jazz guitarist of his time.  Having influenced  guitar players such as Jimi HendrixGrant Green, and Pat Metheny, to name a few, Wes went onto to releasing over 70 albums over a musical career that spanned 20 years, 1948-1968.

Wes did three record label stints – Riverside (1958-1964) in where he released his “most spontaneous jazz outings” during small-group sessions with Tommy Flanagan, James Clay, Victor Feldman, Hank Jones, and Johnny Griffin, producing over 30 albums in a six year period.  After Riverside went bankrupt, Wes moved onto Verve Records (1964-1966) in where he released album ‘Going Out of My Head’ and over 20 more albums including ‘Moving Wes’ and ‘California Dreamin.’ His final stint at A&M lasted from 1967-1968, producing three albums with Don Sebesky. He died on June 15, 1968 at the age of 45.

Golden Moments features production from Jaze Baqti, Es-K, Mr. Moods, Gadget, Bones the Beat Head, Blue Bottonz, The Specialists, DRTY DRDZ, Slim the Chemist, Joe Davies, and B 3 N B i.

Artwork provided by DJ Mentos

***Click on names to visit each producer’s personal music page.

Visit Millennium Jazz and The Jazz Jousters.

Stay tuned for the Jazz Jousters’ 14th release coming December 30th via Millennium Jazz Music.

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Sources:
1. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wes-montgomery-mn0000248392
2. http://www.jazzdisco.org/wes-montgomery/catalog/album-index/ – Wes’ Discography
3. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wes-montgomery-mn0000248392

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