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

From Wes’s 1966 album Tequila, backed by an orchestra led by Claus Ogerman and Ron Carter (bass), Grady Tate (drums), and Ray Barretto (conga). Written by Wes, this is considered by jazz writer Josef Woodard to be the standout track on the album which features Wes playing double octaves (the same note in three octaves at once). Wes was a genius…

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

  1. John,

    Thanks for sharing Wes Montgomery’s song with me. It was Stephen who introduced Montgomery to me in his last battle and I really like his style. This piece is especially nice. I need to visit YT to sample more of his mewsic.


    1. He was an amazing player. His early albums were straight-ahead jazz, and gradually he started working more popular music in to boost record sales (he had six kids and a wife to feed, after all). Regardless, I think you’ll like him.


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