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An NBD thought from Wes Montgomery

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by IamGroot, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    Wes played some good 4 string guitar, but nothing to talk about. Around 1943 when he was 22 , married and living on a apprentice welders salary, he heard a Charlie Christian recording and was transfixed. He immediately went out and bought a 6 string guitar and amp for $350, an enormous amount of money back then and a sum he could ill afford. Thats about $5000 in todays money on a apprentice welders salary.

    He practiced relentlessly. Within 8 months, he was playing Charlie Christian's solos and gigging with his talented brothers.

    He wanted to quit but couldn't.

    " I didnt want to be a musician but there all that guitar looking at me"

    He went on to become one of jazz s finest guitarists. His huge popularity rested on his Verve recordings using the octave style, but he could really smoke that guitar with single note and chord solos. Listen to "Caravan"
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2019
  2. howard in nyc

    howard in nyc Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    new york city
    Man, I was trying to think of what to listen to next, and this hits the darn spot! I think I still have a copy of Willow Weep for Me, I must've stolen from my dad long ago.
    Joshua and IamGroot like this.
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