Perhaps I made a mistake by starting this feature last week with Bach’s Italian Concerto. Where can you go from there? It’s like standing at the top of Mt. Everest and looking for a higher peak.
But I think I’ve got it: when in doubt, put on some Wes Montgomery. Wes is one of my favorite jazz musicians, a pure natural—always swinging, melodic, interesting, and he’s just so damn relaxed, it’s infectious.
One other point here. Wes gets this incredibly sweet, mellow tone of the guitar, which comes partly from using his thumb to pluck the strings instead of a pick. One of my great regrets is that I never got to see him play before he passed on, and I always wondered how the heck he did that thing with the thumb.
Now, thanks to YouTube, it’s just a mouse click away. And I still don’t get how he does that!