Smokin' at the Half Note is an album by Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio that was released in 1965. It was recorded live in June 1965 at the Half Note Club in New York City and September 22, 1965 at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The album combines guitarist Montgomery with the Miles Davis rhythm section from 1959–1963 of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. The album's versions of "Unit 7" and "Four on Six" have helped to establish these songs as jazz standards.
Smokin' at the Half Note is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why Montgomery's dynamic live shows were considered the pinnacle of his brilliant and incredibly influential guitar playing. Pat Metheny calls this "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," and with performances of this caliber ("Unit 7" boasts one of the greatest guitar solos ever recorded) his statement is easily validated.
Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio – If You Could See Me Now. 9:29. Wes Montgomery – 08 Four On Six Smokin At The Half Note Vo. 2:56. Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery – 07 Portrait Of Jennie Smokin At The Hal. :23. Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio – If You Could See Me Now. 64:50. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery 1965 Smokin At The Half Note Vol. 2 – Full Album. Wes Montgomery – 07 Oh, You Crazy Moon Smokin At The Hal. :25. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery 1965 Smokin At The Half Note – 02 If You Could See Me Now. 8:18. Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery 1966 Smokin In Seattle Live At The Penthouse – 01 There Is No Greater Love. Wes Montgomery – 09 Misty Smokin At The Half Note Vol. 2 1965.
Wynton Kelly Trio, Wes Montgomery - Smokin' At The Half Note (LP, Album, M/Print, Gat).
Smokin' At The Half Note. That issue aside, this Japanese pressing of Smokin’ at The Half Note is an album of first-rate jazz music that sounds phenomenal; thanks to the exceptional remastering by USM Japan. One person found this helpful.
The music on this album is timeless. That is to say that it has held up every well considering it was made in the mid-1960, a period when many jazz musicians were forced by record companies and economics to record the popular music of the day. The disc opens with Miles' "No Blues" from the Trumpeter's transitional period between his two great quintets. With these tools, Wes Montgomery added a unique voice to the jazz chorus while straddling different genres and periods. Smokin' at the Half Note is his most profound live testament. The complete Half Note performance may be found on Wes ns: The Verve Jazz Sides (Verve 521690, 1995). The Ten Best Live Jazz Recordings. At The Village Vanguard. Bill Evans Trio (1961).
Free download and listen Smokin' At The Half Note. Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly, Wynton Kelly Trio. Tracks count: 3. Views: 2. Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio - What's New? 06:10. Wes Montgomery - Unit 7 06:46.