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  Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar
  "The Incredible Jazz Guitar"

Wes Montgomery
Track listing:
  1. Airegin
2. D-Natural Blues
3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
4. Four On Six
5. West Coast Blues
6. In Your Own Sweet Way
7. Mr. Walder (Renie)
8. Gone With The Wind
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Review by jimmyjames8 August 17, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Just got this disc with 3 other Fantasy/OJC/Riverside SACD's. Disappointed in the sound. If SACD is supposed to be about more resoultion, then you get that in spades but you also get what sounds like surface noise on an LP. You also get whirling, swirling and dropouts, this disc less so than TENOR MADNESS Sacd. Sorry, I think the K2's, XRCD's and DCC's sound better. Some may disagree. The content here, especially the first 3 tracks, is priceless. This is a classic recording of a jazz guitar giant.

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Review by nevagich October 14, 2005 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I love Wess...I'm a Wess juncky...specialy this album I bought it in any version...20BIT...Japanese print...Gold..and now the SACD...none of them sound's very dissappointing to know that probelm could be the original analog source during the recoding...there are better sonic records recorded during early 50's than this 60's tape..what was the engineer doing at the board..? is EXCELENT..however the sound for SACD not..!!

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Review by muzikman February 6, 2004 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Wes Montgomery’s second album The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (released in 1960) is an extraordinarily durable album that stands today as a monumental achievement of jazz guitar genius. It comes as no surprise to me that Fantasy chose this particular album for their SACD reissue series.

Montgomery was self-taught, which makes his artistry that much more incredible and precious. Although all six tracks are equally superb, it was evident to me that the first two compositions really set the pace for the entire album. Fluid six-string workouts such as “Airegin” and “D-Natural Blues” put his rare talent into a category all by itself. Personally, Montgomery reminded me of one of my all time favorites Joe Pass, not because of his style but for the effortless precision of every note he produced. His accompaniment was outstanding as well; Tommy Flanagan (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Albert “Tootie” Heath (drums) were a valuable compliment to the singularity of his master guitar work.

I think its obvious now to those audiophiles that purchase music in this format what the difference is. The SACD offers clear and crisp separation of each instrument, which is extremely important when listening to a good jazz recording as far as I am concerned. Whoever developed the SACD must have been a true appreciator of great jazz music.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
February 4, 2004

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