Wes Montgomery talks about the guitar as an instrument that is constantly out of tune (something to do with our equal temperament as well) and plays I Love Blues, whose scale is thought to have arisen from the unique intervals in some African musical traditions.
I caught him playing Airegin on the radio yesterday before my prom, and that really got me in the mood. Wes we can, we can give it a listen.
Wes Montgomery’s Blue Grass, in rehearsal for the NDR Jazz Workshop at the NDR Studio 10, Hamburg, West Germany, April 30 1965.
The song itself starts at 2:00, after the übercool TV-programme intro and some playing around by Wes Montgomery and Martial Solal, and each of the musicians is given a chance to solo. Ronnie Scott’s in there. I urge you to take a good look at Wes’ guitar playing style. It’s quite impressive!
Turns out the song that preceded my previous post “On Green Dolphin Street” was *not* Nuits de Saint-Germain-de-Près (which I shall post - again?), by Django Reinhardt, as I supposed from the interval right before it starts. It is actually this song, and its ending sounds quite similar.
Musicianship in this is, as before noted, mind-blowing!