Song of the day, December 10, 2019

We're enjoying a quiet night at home, and this one came up on a Spotify jazz mix:


Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life (1967)


It's certainly recognizable as the Beatles song, though Wes's legendary sound takes over and makes it something else. Hard to imagine the range of smooth, jazzy 70s sounds emerging without Montgomery pointing the way. The jazz press of the era gave him a hard time for going more commercial in the late 60s, and I suppose you could argue that Wes covering the Beatles isn't jazz in the traditional sense - but who cares, Wes playing anything is going to sound great. This version of the song isn't a life-changer, but not every song has to be - in a sympathetic playlist, it's extremely comfortable listening.

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