Simone Basile
Wes Or No (A Tribute To Wes Montgomery)
Emme Record Label, 2021

March 17, 2021

Wes or No is Simone Basile’s third album as leader.

Born in Taranto and graduated in jazz guitar in Florence, Simone Basile is a brilliant Italian guitarist who expressed all his potential in the 2018 Time album (Emme Record Label).

Simone Basile released the new album Wes Or No dedicated to Wes Montgomery, founder of jazz guitar and undisputed protagonist of 20th century African American music, on his birthday, March 6.


The album features Basile accompanied by Manrico Seghi on the Hammond organ and Giovanni Paolo Liguori on drums, thus recreating the classic trio for guitar and Hammond that was fundamental in Montgomery’s career. The three musicians are brilliant, they know Montgomery’s repertoire well and enrich the performances with groove and swing.

The track list features eight classics from Montgomery’s repertoire: fast and swinging songs (“Jingles”, “Full House”, “Fried Pies”, “SOS”), some medium numbers rich in groove (such as the intriguing 12 / 8 of “Monk’s Shop” and the enveloping “Dearly Beloved”) and two lovely ballads (“Leila” and “Mi Cosa”).

Wes Or No is a successful tribute which recalls a fundamental figure of modern jazz and, at the same time, highlights Basile’s excellent skills in covering songs written by other composers.(EM)


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