Wes Montgomery Biography

Guitarist (c. 1923–1968)
Wes Montgomery was a jazz guitarist and probably the most influential postwar improviser on the instrument.


Wes Montgomery played guitar in the Lionel Hampton band in 1948–50 and in Indianapolis during the 1950s, most often with his brothers Buddy and Monk. Most of Montgomery's finest recordings, including The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Movin' Along and Full House, date from 1959–63, and his solo forms especially were an influence on later guitarists, most prominently George Benson.

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