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.

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.”