Wes Montgomery

American jazz guitarist (1923–1968) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist.[1] Montgomery was known for his unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his thumb, and for his extensive use of octaves, which gave him a distinctive sound.

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Wes Montgomery
Photo of Montgomery during a recording session in the mid-1960s
Photo of Montgomery during a recording session in the mid-1960s
Background information
Birth nameJohn Leslie Montgomery
Born(1923-03-06)March 6, 1923
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
DiedJune 15, 1968(1968-06-15) (aged 45)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Years active1947–1968
LabelsPacific Jazz, Riverside, Verve, A&M

Montgomery often worked with his brothers Buddy (Charles F.) and Monk (William H.) and with organist Melvin Rhyne. His recordings up to 1965 were oriented towards hard bop, soul jazz, and post bop, but around 1965 he began recording more pop-oriented instrumental albums that found mainstream success. His later guitar style influenced jazz fusion and smooth jazz.

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