Personalities | Wes Montgomery | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, 1925–68)

Wes Montgomery was a premier jazz guitarist; his unique guitar sound came from plucking octave figures with his thumb instead of a pick. Born into a musical family, Wes taught himself to play the guitar and toured with Lionel Hampton in the late 1940s. He performed with his brothers, bassist Monk and vibist Buddy, before beginning a solo career that brought him to the top of the jazz sales charts. He moved successfully into pop-jazz crossovers, under the direction of producer Creed Taylor, before his sudden death from a heart attack.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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