Wes Montgomery records his debut album : ‘Fingerpickin” for Pacific Jazz (1957)

Wes Montgomery’s ‘Fingerpickin” is his debut album recorded on December 30, 1957 and featuring seven tracks originally released as The Montgomery Brothers.

Track Listing : 1.Sound Carrier (Buddy Montgomery) – 06:57 . 2.Bud’S Beaux Arts (Buddy Montgomery) – 07:33 . 3.Bock To Bock (Buddy Montgomery) – 10:08 . 4.Billie’S Bounce (Charlie Parker) – 04:42 . 5.Lois Ann (Buddy Montgomery) – 04:45 . 6.All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein Ii) – 03:59 . 7.Fingerpickin’ (Wes Montgomery) – 02:32 . 8.Stranger In Paradise (Alexander Borodin, George Forrest, Robert C. Wright) – 04:55 . 9.Baubles, Bangles & Beads (George Forrest, Robert C. Wright) – 03:29 . 10.Not Since Nineveh (George Forrest, Robert C. Wright) – 07:24


Chuck Stewart

Musicians : Wes Montgomery – Guitar . Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4) . Waymon Atkinson – Tenor Saxophone On (5 – 6 -7) . Alonzo Pookie Johnson – Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4) . Buddy Montgomery – Vibraphone Except (7) . Joe Bradley – Piano On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 7) . Richard Crabtree – Piano On (8 – 9 – 10) . Monk Montgomery – Bass . Paul Parker – Drums On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7) . Benny Barth – Drums On (8 – 9 – 10)

Production : Produced By Richard Bock

Package : Don Demichael – Liner Notes . Chuck Stewart asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded On December 30, 1957 At Indianapolis, Indiana And April 1958 In Los Angeles.

Released In 1958 By Pacific Jazz.

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allmusic
The pretty standard hard bop music (which usually features Buddy’s vibes as the lead voice) is also of interest due to the presence of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard who at age 17 was making his recording debut; he sounds a bit nervous. […]

Musoscribe: Bill Kopp’s Music Blog
For many years the material on Fingerpickin‘ has been considered the earliest recorded work featuring Montgomery. It now appears that this is not so. […]

Jet City Blues
Playing with his thumb led him into playing octaves more frequently than most jazz guitarists (playing a melody line on two strings, simultaneously, an octave apart), which was to become a trademarkand, later in his career as a big money pop-jazz artist, a bit of a burden. […]

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