Wes Montgomery

Jazz 'Round Midnight: Wes Montgomery

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As the title of this compilation implies, this is Wes at his mellowest and, unfortunately, poppiest. Much of this is supplemented (and sometimes encumbered) by large orchestration, and the material is sometimes substandard. Montgomery's playing is always good, and some of the tracks are fine indeed (like the title cut and "Maybe September," both of which feature Jimmy Smith. But unless you're specifically in the market for dim-the-lights music, this isn't the best place to experience Wes, stressing some of the less impressive aspects of his later years.

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