Far Wes contains some of guitarist Wes Montgomery's first recordings; in fact, only three small-group songs pre-date these performances. The then-obscure guitarist is heard in two different quintets, both of which include his brothers Buddy (on piano) and Monk (playing electric bass). The earlier set has Harold Land's tenor as a lead voice, while altoist Pony Poindexter takes his place on the later date, Wes' sound was already quite recognizable and he contributed six originals that alternate with Harold Land's "Hymn for Carl" and four standards.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow