| March 17 – 21, 1966 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey|
A Day in the Life
Wes Montgomery albums, Jazz albums
Tequila is the seventeenth jazz album recorded by guitarist Wes Montgomery and released in 1966.
Tequila is a mixture of tracks using just a jazz quartet with Ron Carter, Grady Tate and Ray Barretto and the rest with a string section arranged by Claus Ogerman. It is mainly a Latin-flavored album, the first Montgomery recorded without a keyboardist.
It was reissued on CD in 1999 and 2008 with alternate takes that are listed below.
In his Allmusic review, music critic Scott Yanow singled out individual tracks as those giving Montgomery the opportunity to jam and those backed with string arrangements. The few tracks he praises he claims "uplift this album quite a bit beyond the guitarist's later A&M recordings."
Jazz writer Josef Woodard called the album "an airy, melodious record, with the standout track being the gently brooding Montgomery original "Bumpin' on Sunset," which features him playing double octaves-the same note played in three octaves."
Wes Montgomery – guitar
Ron Carter – bass
Grady Tate – drums
Ray Barretto – conga
George Devens – vibraphone
Bernard Eichen – violin
Arnold Eidus – violin
Paul Gershman – violin
Emanuel Green – violin
Julius Held – violin
Gene Orloff – violin
Harry Lookofsky – violin
Joseph Malin – violin
Abe Kessler – cello
Charles McCracken – cello
George Ricci – cello
Harvey Shapiro – cello
- "Tequila" (Chuck Rio)
- "Little Child (Daddy Dear)" (Wayne Shanklin)
- "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
- "The Big Hurt" (Wayne Shanklin)
- "Bumpin' on Sunset" (Wes Montgomery)
- "Insensatez (How Insensitive)" (Vinicius De Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Antônio Carlos Jobim)
- "The Thumb" (Wes Montgomery)
- "Midnight Mood" (Ben Raleigh, Joe Zawinul)
- "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
- "Tequila (alternate take)"
- "The Big Hurt (alternate take)"
- "Bumpin' on Sunset (alternate take)"
Production notes:Creed Taylor – producer
Claus Ogerman – arranger, conductor
Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
1Tequila3:18Tequila (Wes Montgomery album) Wikipedia
2Little Child (Daddy Dear)2:26
3What the World Needs Now Is Love4:52