For Wes – Steve Nelson
A beautiful ballad dedicated to famed guitarist Wes Montgomery.
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- Recording: Steve Nelson - Fuller Nelson
- Recorded on: February 19 & 20, 1998
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1134)
- Concert Key: G-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Kirk Lightsey
- Bass - Ray Drummond
Steve Nelson often takes his compositions in unusual harmonic directions, but these changes include many ii-V-I progressions and are not overly difficult for soloing. For Wes would make an emotional tribute to the much-beloved guitarist in any set, but it stands on its own as a perfect choice for anyone who loves a ballad with a beautiful melody.
born on August 11, 1954
Vibraphonist Steve Nelson's career began in the early 1970s. His first touring experience was with the legendary guitarist Grant Green. Steve cites Milt Jackson as his first major influence, although in later years he developed a harmonically open sound influenced by Bobby Hutcherson. While attending the State University of New Jersey at Rutgers then-new jazz program, he met pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Freddie Waits, guitarist Ted Dunbar and reedman James Spaulding, who were all faculty members. Through them, he began to perform in New York City. In 1976, at age 22, Steve recorded with James Spaulding ("Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington"), and in 1980 recorded albums with Kenny Barron and Ted Dunbar. Read more...