High Definition 180-gram Vinyl.
Smokin’ at the Half Note by Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly, originally released by Verve in 1965, shouldn’t need a build-up for anyone whose ears have been open for the last 40 years. When you begin a live session with 13 minutes of “No Blues,” a cornerstone of the Miles Davis Quintet with Hank Mobley, circa 1961, you’d better have your stuff together. Montgomery, one of a handful of truly great 20th century jazz guitarists, and Kelly, the ultimate piano accompanist, are backed by Miles’ fabulous Kind of Blue rhythm section consisting of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. This 1965 live set, is indeed smoking! From a churning “If You Could See Me Now,” written by bebop piano great Tadd Dameron, to Wes’ own tour de force, “Four On Six,” Montgomery and Kelly are two Jazz giants cutting loose with the best they’ve got.