Page Milliken on Wes Montgomery

“Your guitar can speak!” wrote this inspired GP columnist just four years after the great Wes Montgomery played his last note.
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Milliken used the lyrical octaves lick below (based on a phrase from Montgomery’s “Boss City”) to demonstrate the “vocal” capabilities of the jazz guitar. “Jazz began,” reminded Milliken, “as improvisation around a melody. Louis Armstrong changed all this. Jazz then became improvisation within a given chord progression, which presented the opportunity for much greater self expression.”