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."
- "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" (Raleigh, Josef Zawinul)
- "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
- "Tequila (alternate take)"
- "The Big Hurt (alternate take)"
- "Bumpin' on Sunset (alternate take)"
- 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