Friday, April 05, 2013

Wes Montgomery
"A Day in the Life" (Vinyl)

Released in 1967, this was Montgomery's eighteenth album. It was also only two albums away from his untimely death in 1968.

Regarded by many to be one of his generation's most influential jazz guitarists, Montgomery had a long career that began with Lionel Hampton's band and led to his successful solo career.

This album contains a cornucopia of influences.  Whether it's the Beatles' title track (also, 'Eleanor Rigby') or Percy Sledge's 'When a Man Loves a Woman', there is no defining Wes Montgomery's list of inspirations.

What's funny to think is that when this was recorded, all of the tunes on this album were brand-new.
Don Sebesky arranged and conducted the orchestra which (oddly enough) credits Emanuel Vardi with playing in the viola section.  Also, Herbie Hancock plays piano on this album.

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