Wes Montgomery: Watch What Happens
Watch What Happens
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
A Day In The Life (A&M 9422)
Ray Alonge (French horn), George Marge, Romeo Penque, Joe Soldo, Stan Webb, Phil Bodner (woodwinds), Jack Jennings, Joe Wohletz (percussion), plus 12 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos and a harp.
Composed by Jacques Demy, Norman Gimbel & Michel Legrand. Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 6, 1967
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
By 1967, Pop Jazz was staler than last night's butts, as shown by an ashtray's contents on this track's close-up album photo. Sure enough, that musty aroma emanated from jazz's grandest guitarist, who squandered the mid-'60s covering, with all the chintzy blandishments of elevator music, hits by such bantamweights as The Association, Kingston Trio, and Brothers Four. We can 't begrudge success to someone who worked hard, waited years for recognition, and gave more to music than he ever got back. But 12 months after sleepwalking through this Muzakical morass, that man was dead at 45. Wes, we hardly knew ye.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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