Wes Montgomery

Live in Paris

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Relatively few examples exist of Wes Montgomery's live performances; this concert at the Theatres des Champs Elysees, recorded for broadcast in France, is a welcome addition to his discography. The late guitarist takes the lion's share of the solos space and doesn't disappoint, sounding out fresh ideas with clean execution and never playing one chorus too many. Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin sits in on "Full House" and the medley of "Blue and Boogie" with "West Coast Blues." Memphis pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Jimmy Lovelace provide a good foundation for the soloists, but aren't really featured. Worth acquiring if you can find it.