Song of the Day: Wes Montgomery, “Bumpin’ On Sunset”

To finish this L. A.-flavored week, today I’ve chosen a tune by Wes Montgomery, "Bumpin’ On Sunset." It doesn’t mention L. A. specifically (it’s an instrumental, after all), but it’s hard not to hear "Sunset" and not think Sunset Boulevard. It’s from his 1966 album Tequila, his last album for Verve Records, and features a string section conducted by Claus Ogerman.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Wes Montgomery, “Bumpin’ On Sunset”

  1. Terrific song!
    Circa 1979, I was driving to work (either Warner Brothers Studios or Universal Studios) one morning and had the radio on to some A.M. station (the kind that don’t exist anymore), when the DJ played Brian Auger’s version of ‘Bumpin’ On Sunset’ from his ‘Live Oblivion’ album (all 10:02 of it!).

    I had no idea who or what I was listening to, but I instantly fell in love with it. And ironically, I crossed Sunset Boulevard while the song was playing. I was trying to mentally connect with the DJ, repeatedly thinking: “Please tell me what this is! Please tell me what this is!”

    The DJ did. Within a day or two, I had purchased ‘Live Oblivion’ by Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express. And to this day, I credit that song (along with ‘Take Five’ by Dave Brubeck) for my love of Jazz which eventually developed.

    ~ D-FensDogG


    1. With me it was Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck and The Dukes of Dixieland that got me into jazz.

      I was just listening to Brian Auger’s “Bumpin'” the other day, and I have it on now. It’s the kind of song you play while driving around at night, isn’t it?


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