DCC GOLD CD GZS 1048: WES MONTGOMERY - Goin' Out of My Head 1993
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John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Grant Green, Pat Martino, George Benson, Russell Malone, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, and Jimi Hendrix.

According to jazz guitar educator Wolf Marshall, Montgomery often approached solos in a three-tiered manner: He would begin a repeating progression with single note lines, derived from scales or modes; after a fitting number of sequences, he would play octaves for a few more sequences, finally culminating with block chords. He used mostly superimposed triads and arpeggios as the main source for his soloing ideas and sounds. The use of octaves (playing the same note on two strings one octave apart) for which he is widely known, became known as "the Naptown Sound". Montgomery was also an excellent "single-line" or "single-note" player, and was very influential in the use of block chords in his solos. His playing on the jazz standard "Lover Man" is an example of his single-note, octave- and block-chord soloing. ("Lover Man" appears on the Fantasy album The Montgomery Brothers.)

Instead of using a guitar pick, Montgomery plucked the strings with the fleshy part of his thumb, using downstrokes for single notes and a combination of upstrokes and downstrokes for chords and octaves. Montgomery developed this technique not for technical reasons but for his wife. He worked long hours as a machinist before his career began and practiced late at night while his wife was sleeping. He played with his thumb so that his playing would be softer and not wake her. This technique enabled him to get a mellow, expressive tone from his guitar. George Benson, in the liner notes of the Ultimate Wes Montgomery album, wrote, "Wes had a corn on his thumb, which gave his sound that point. He would get one sound for the soft parts, and then that point by using the corn. That's why no one will ever match Wes. And his thumb was double-jointed. He could bend it all the way back to touch his wrist, which he would do to shock people.”

He generally played a Gibson L-5CES guitar. In his later years he played one of two guitars that Gibson custom made for him. In his early years, Montgomery had a tube amp, often a Fender. In his later years, he played a solid state Standel amp with a 15-inch (380 mm) speaker.

Goin' Out of My Head is the fifteenth album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1965. It reached number 7 on the Billboard R&B chart. At the 9th Grammy Awards Goin' Out of My Head won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

Goin' Out of My Head was Montgomery's third album in 1965 and his first with sales reaching near one million. It was producer Creed Taylor's idea that Montgomery should do a cover of the title song, a 1964 hit by Little Anthony and the Imperials. At the time Taylor brought the song to Montgomery, he was playing at the Half Note Club in New York City with the Wynton Kelly Trio—sessions that appeared on his acclaimed 1965 release Smokin' at the Half Note. Taylor said in a later interview: "If you take away the R&B performance and just look at that song, it's an absolutely marvelous song to improvise on. For that time, it had sophisticated changes and the whole structure was great. I was thinking, 'This would be perfect for Wes Montgomery. But how am I going to overcome the fact that here's Wes and his background? He'd be about the last person to listen to Little Anthony and the Imperials.”

In his Allmusic review, music critic Scott Yanow called the album "...little more than a pleasant melody statement... Recordings like this one disheartened the jazz world but made him a household name and a staple on AM radio. Heard three decades later, the recording is at its best when serving as innocuous background music.”

Jazz writer Josef Woodard called the release "Commercial firepower and Grammy-winning accessibility notwithstanding, it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout. The title track that made so much commercial and critical noise is all of 2:12 in duration, but the album also features plenty of jazz fiber..."

At the 9th Grammy Awards Goin' Out of My Head won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

In his liner notes, Orrin Keepnews, Wes Montgomery's first producer and former boss at the Riverside label states that it was arranger Oliver Nelson's goal with GOIN' OUT OF MY HEAD to present Montgomery's guitar as a melody instrument, rather than as a soloist. This certainly happens on the ballads that make up at least half this set. It's probably just as well that doing so finally sold some records and gave the guitar-playing father of six a more solid income for the last few years of his life.However, most Montgomery aficionados still usually just want to hear him blow. And there's some solid jazz to be found here. Not surprisingly, it happens the most on the Montgomery originals "Boss City," Naptown Blues," and "Twisted Blues," but Montgomery also gets into it for real with the rhythm section on "Chim Chim Cheree"; after the orchestrations are over, he careens off Grady Tate's insistent drumming with exuberance and abandon.

GOLD CD - DCC RECORDINGS // VERVE series CD item - this item is FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition
GOLD CD was made in Japan
GOLD CD pressing is in STEREO
GOLD CD pressed and Issued by DCC RECORDINGS under license from VERVE
GOLD CD issued in: 1993
GOLD CD Record Catalog Number: GZS 1048

Featured on this GOLD CD -

WES MONTGOMERY

Performers on this disc include -
Wes Montgomery – guitar
Phil Woods – alto sax, clarinet
Bob Ashton – flute, clarinet, saxophone
Romeo Penque – tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute, clarinet, oboe, English horn
Jerry Dodgion – tenor saxophone, piccolo, flute, clarinet
Donald Byrd – trumpet
Ernie Royal – trumpet
Joe Newman – trumpet
Danny Moore – trombone
Jimmy Cleveland – trombone
Quentin Jackson – trombone
Wayne Andre – trombone
Tony Studd – trombone
Herbie Hancock – piano
Roger Kellaway – piano
George Duvivier – bass guitar
Dan Bank – drums
Grady Tate – drums
Candido Camero – congas
Additional Personnel:
Creed Taylor – producer
Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
Orrin Keepnews – original liner notes

GOLD CD Title -
GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD

Track Listings -
1. Goin' out of My Head
2. O Morro Nao Tem Vez
3. Boss City
4. Chim Chim Cheree - (from "Mary Poppins")
5. Naptown Blues
6. Twisted Blues
7. End of a Love Affair
8. It Was a Very Good Year
9. Golden Earrings

CONDITION Details:
The GOLD CD is from the very rare DCC Recordings series of audiophile CD titles.

GOLD CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
Pictures with this listing are of the actual item
Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
The original LP was issued on the VERVE record label, in 1965

The GOLD CD, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CD is actually FACTORY SEALED!!

The GOLD CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

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  • Item #: DCC GOLD CD GZS 1048 SS
  • Manufacturer: DCC - Digital Compact Classics Recordings
  • Condition: New

DCC GOLD CD GZS 1048: WES MONTGOMERY - Goin' Out of My Head 1993

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