Tequila (Wes Montgomery album)

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Studio album by Wes Montgomery
Released 1966
Recorded March 17 – 21, 1966 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 46:57
Label Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
Wes Montgomery chronology
Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes
A Day in the Life

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.[1]

It was reissued on CD in 1999 and 2008 with alternate takes that are listed below.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

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."[2]

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."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tequila" (Chuck Rio)
  2. "Little Child (Daddy Dear)" (Wayne Shanklin)
  3. "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
  4. "The Big Hurt" (Wayne Shanklin)
  5. "Bumpin' on Sunset" (Wes Montgomery)
  6. "Insensatez (How Insensitive)" (Vinicius De Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Antônio Carlos Jobim)
  7. "The Thumb" (Wes Montgomery)
  8. "Midnight Mood" (Ben Raleigh, Joe Zawinul)
  9. "Wives and Lovers" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
  10. "Tequila (alternate take)"
  11. "The Big Hurt (alternate take)"
  12. "Bumpin' on Sunset (alternate take)"


Production notes:


  1. ^ a b Woodard, Josef (July–August 2005). "Wes Montgomery: The Softer Side of Genius'". JazzTimes. 
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Tequila > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 147. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.