Groove Brothers

Groove Brothers

by Wes Montgomery
     
 

Although this is billed to Wes Montgomery, it is in fact a combination of two early-'60s LPs by the Montgomery Brothers -- The Montgomery Brothers and The Montgomery Brothers in Canada -- onto one disc. (Also note that it's almost entirely different from the Montgomery Brothers' Milestone double LP that also bears theSee more details below

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Although this is billed to Wes Montgomery, it is in fact a combination of two early-'60s LPs by the Montgomery Brothers -- The Montgomery Brothers and The Montgomery Brothers in Canada -- onto one disc. (Also note that it's almost entirely different from the Montgomery Brothers' Milestone double LP that also bears the name Groove Brothers, which mostly features material from their Riverside LP Groove Yard.) With Wes on guitar, Monk on bass, and Buddy on piano (Larance Marable fills out the quartet on drums), The Montgomery Brothers (1960) is a boppish set of five lengthy tracks, divided between both originals (penned by either Wes or Buddy) and standards. "June in January" is a particularly good vehicle for Wes' fluid single-note runs, while "D-Natural Blues" is one of his more enduring and good-natured compositions from the period. Buddy Montgomery, who often played the piano with the Montgomery Brothers, sticks exclusively to vibes on The Montgomery Brothers in Canada, which in addition to Wes and Monk has Paul Humphrey on drums. This club date (which on this CD reissue has been presented without the overdubbed applause on the original LP) is a solid set of cool but not cold bop, with a low-key mood and uniformly tasteful playing. There's only one original on here (by Buddy), but it's a beaut: the buoyant "Beaux Arts" has gorgeous alternations of single-note solos and chording by Wes. In a different vein, "Angel Eyes," which begins with a long drumless passage, shows Wes' skill with a delicate slow ballad.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218477628
catalogNumber:
47076
Rank:
76296

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Montgomery   Primary Artist,Guitar,Track Performer
Buddy Montgomery   Piano,Vibes
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Monk Montgomery   Bass
Larance Marable   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Khan   Liner Notes
Buddy Montgomery   Contributor
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Paul Humphrey   Contributor
Monk Montgomery   Contributor
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes
Larance Marable   Contributor
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
E. Smith   Composer

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