Holiday Music Favorites (Addendum)

December 6, 2007 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

This past week I added a new arrangement to my arsenal of Christmas tunes. It is the familiar, traditional carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. If you listen to it, you will note the unmistakable influence of the great Wes Montgomery.

Wes was one of the great innovators of guitar. He came in for considerable criticism from jazz “purists” because many of his recordings (produced by Creed Taylor in most of these cases) had a distinctly popular feel and penetrated the pop music charts on many occasions. He was , however, always a formidable straight-ahead jazzer. And I have always felt that so-called “popular” music benefits greatly when fine musicians like Wes (or George Benson, for that matter) record and release material for a wide audience.

This is a video of his quartet playing one of his classic, straight-ahead compositions, “Twisted Blues”:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOnG0YVJ-1M]

In my arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, I tried to evoke a number of the features of Wes’ style. The octaves are an obvious place to start, but in addition I also tried to capture the sixties jazz feel of his “crossover” material. I have also written this one up — the chart can be accessed from the “chart” link.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Stream Mp3 Chart
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Entry filed under: Guitar, Holiday Music, Jazz, Music, Smooth Jazz.

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