A classic album! My favorite jazz guitar album! An audio "hu
musiclover | Nashville, TN United States | 12/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my favorite Wes Montgomery album (I have them all!), my favorite "jazz guitar" album (I also collect Johnny Smith, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, and others) -- and one of my favorite albums of all time (in a collection of over 2000 CD's and 2000 vinyl albums).
There are some who are too narrow-minded to appreciate the strings -- well, there are many orchestra-less guitar albums out there for that minority. I love the strings! They turn Wes's bare trio into something warmer and richer! The strings turn these old 'Sixties chestnuts into something transcendant. Don Sebesky's string arrangements are top-notch and I would like to buy up every album Sebesky ever did.
But the star is Wes! Such heartfelt guitar! Great choice of songs! I put on this album when I need a hug. It always warms my heart. It takes me to a place where there are no wars or religions or pollution. I may buy a second copy to keep in my car."
Lose the orchestration.
Richard C. Cowan | Soquel, CA USA | 05/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Why doesn't someone in the industry put out a "Bumpin" CD minus the extra orchestration (just the original rhythm section with Wes)? They must have it since the arrangement was fleshed out later. In fact there must be gobs of great Wes stuff buried under all those those dated orchestral arrangement records he made. I love Wes Montgomery's playing but hate the fuddy-duddy arrangements. I have all his small combo stuff. It would be fantastic to hear some of his other stuff minus all the strings, etc.
What a concept!"
THE GENIUS OF WES MONTGOMERY
PJ | Tucson, AZ | 01/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe that we were deprived all too soon of the creative genius of Wes Montgomery. This was a self-taught musican, and his talent could not be denied. When I listen to his music, I am reminded of an exciting time in my life when so much was new to me. It was a time when I learned many new things, and in the process I discovered Wes Montgomery. His contributions to jazz guitar live on, and I believe his influence still lives today in young men like Norman Brown. I thank God for letting us have Wes for the short time he was among us, and I pray that many more people become acquainted with his talent."