Monday, October 24, 2016

The Montgomery Brothers - Groove Brothers

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. 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.
Richie Unterberger

Source :

The Montgomery
Groove Brothers


1 D-Natural Blues (Montgomery)  6:25
2 June in January (Rainger, Robin)  6:41
3 Buddy's Tune (Montgomery)  6:27
4 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  8:57
5 Jingles (Montgomery)  10:00
6 Jeannine (Pearson)  4:09
7 Snowfall (Thornhill)  6:49
8 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  6:25
9 Barbados (Parker)  2:29
10 This Love of Mine (Parker, Sanicola, Sinatra)  3:47
11 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  4:36
12 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  6:22
13 Beaux Arts (Montgomery)  4:41


Wes Montgomery - g
Buddy Montgomery - vb & p [# 1-5 only]
Monk Montgomery - b
Paul Humphrey & Lawrence Marable [# 1-5 only], dr

Recorded in San Francisco ; Fall, 1960 [# 1-5] ; & in performance (?) at the Cellar, Vancouver, B. C., Canada ; Spring 1961 [# 6-13].


Topkapi said...

OK - at this point I have to stop skulking in the darkness, and actually post some thanks

I've only been aware of this site for the last 4 weeks or so

Such incredible postings, I just have to thank you Melanchthon for the site you provide. As an aspiring guitarist (and a Wes nut) I couldnt believe the other artists I'd never heard of, apart from the Tal's, Wes's etc. So Wonderful to study aswell!

Its just jaw-dropping in its diversity, and quality

I hereby doff my cap to ya!

Many many thanks for generosity with these posts and effort


jazzmusician said...

again, many thanks for your marvelous contributions

Anonymous said...

links problems?

Adrian said...

The files can't be extracted.
Please help me with them.
Thank you.

LaroSwing said...

Encore merci pour tous ces Wes Montgomery. Je ne me lasse jamais de découvrir des nouveaux enregistrements de Wes!

Vancouver said...

Mel - you've built an incredible site and are performing an invaluable service to us jazz heads. Thank you so much for your dedication and good taste. Remarkable stuff here!

fcapeau said...

Once more a great post ! Enjoy, Enjoy ...

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Xavier Masciave said...

Merci beaucoup pour ce chef-d’œuvre dont on ne se lasse pas. "Lover Man" est hallucinante. Continuez donc à nous régaler.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again for another great looking re-up Mel.

glinka21 said...

As above (with Kristophermc28), so below. Thanks, Mel.

Tom+Jerry said...
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Tom+Jerry said...

thanks for the re-up!

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

lowgroove said...

Many thanks once again. Great Choice.

kingpossum said...

Hearty thanks for the recent guitar postings. It took many years for me to become a fan of guitar sounded like guys practicing scales to my neophyte ears. Slowly I came to appreciate Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. A little Grant Green maybe. But in small doses.

Thanks to this blog and our illustrious host, my love for jazz guitar has flourished and expanded...postings for the Raneys, Sal Salvador, Dempsey Wright (who?!) and many others have broadened my understanding and appreciation for the wide palette of jazz guitar stylings there are.

Merci beaucoup, Mel.

Melanchthon said...

Tanks for your comment, kingpossum...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Fred Archtop said...

Wow wow. This Wes' Best album...I was 15 and had just discovered this great LP. This came out to turn me into a jazz guitarist. Such memories. Thanks Mel for your kindness and generosity.

deGallo said...

Marvelous!! Doesn't get any better.....well, except for Barney :)

RE: kingpossum comment above...I've always found that the guitar in jazz has been shunned by most jazz blogs. Why? I don't know. This site, jack335 and of course jazzy's guitar blog are exceptions.

Thank you for all the music melanchthon and especially the guitar.


Heartfelt Thanks from India where these albums are rarely available.


thanks a ton

Brush&Stick said...

Tremendous, thank you!