Friday, April 29, 2016

Wes Montgomery - Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Let's put the hook in right from the jump : Echoes of Indiana Avenue is perhaps the most significant release of previously unissued material by a major jazz artist since the The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall appeared in 2005. That's not hyperbole. These tapes, which consist of two live recordings and one studio demo, were cut, presumably, between 1957 and 1958, with various groupings of musicians, including his brothers Monk and Buddy, as well as pianist Earl Van Riper and bassist Mingo Jones. All of the tunes here are now regarded as standards, but some were current then, freshly added in that era, such as Shorty Rogers' "Diablo's Dance," Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream," and perhaps most importantly, Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" and "Straight No Chaser." The former, recorded in an organ trio format with Melvin Rhyne on the B-3 and Paul Parker on drums, reveals, even at this early date, how well-developed Montgomery's improvisational language was. His reverent opening is ever so gradually replaced by a shimmering movement toward something approaching early soul-jazz, yet his ability to use the instrument's tonal subtleties and harmonic possibilities add a very different dimension to its harmonic architecture. (And while he recorded it several times during his all-too-brief life, this version is the earliest one we now have of him.) The hard swinging "Take the 'A' Train" showcases the already distinctive and innovative voicings on the bass strings Montgomery developed. These examples aside, there isn't a weak or middling moment throughout the proceedings. At this early date as a leader, Montgomery was in command, pushing hard at the Charlie Christian-isms that dominated his playing with Lionel Hampton. Sound quality can be a tiny bit rough in places, but it hardly matters when the material is this fine.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/echoes-of-indiana-avenue-mw0002315463

Wes Montgomery
Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Tracks

1 Diablo's Dance (Rogers)  4:17
2 'Round Midnight (Monk)  7:37
3 Straight No Chaser (Monk)  7:42
4 Nica's Dream (Silver)  5:05
5 Darn That Dream (DeLange, Van Heusen)  5:54
6 Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)  6:25
7 Misty (Garner)  4:35
8 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman)  4:33
9 After Hours Blues (Improvisation) (Players)  6:36

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Personnel
Wes Montgomery - g
Melvin Rhyne - p [# 1 & 4] & org [# 2 & 5]
Buddy Montgomery - p [# 3]
Earl Van Riper - p [# 6-9]
Monk Montgomery - b [# 3]
Mingo Jones - b [# 6-9]
[Unknown] - b [# 1 & 4]
Paul Parker - dr [# 1, 2, 4 & 5]
Sonny Johnson - dr [# 6-8]

Recorded in Indianapolis ? (studio unknown) [# 1, 2, 4 & 5] ; live, possibily at the Hub Bub, Indianapolis [# 6-9] ; live, possibily in Indianapolis [# 3] ; 1957 & 1958

26 comments:

Barabbovich said...

Another great issue from Wes Montgomery. Thanks

John Pickworth said...

Appreciate this one !

CrunchyFrog said...

Great choice - can't wait to hear this - thanks!

Frankie said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

I appreciate this kind of recordings, in small groups, with freedom for each of the musicians to try, explore, react, without strong predefined arrangement, or even completely written parts, or hundred times repeated phrases. Much feeling in these tunes !

A part ça, y a moyen de faire autre chose que de remercier : contribuer en apportant quelques disques ?

der bajazzo said...

Thank you, Melanchthon.

xxx said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

adakun said...

Thank you, Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

Super post Melanchthon, a must have for all fan of Wes!

km1292 said...

Appreciate your efforts!

Luis said...

Thank you, Mel. A minor correction though. Sonny Johnson plays the drums, not piano.

Tom+Jerry said...

Many thanks !

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks for another great re-up Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Mel for re-posting this gem.

Sandflyer said...

Exceptional, as usual. Many thanks.
If you haven't heard Wes, you haven't heard jazz guitar.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon, one more time: THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

thaks for your music,wonderfulls post, good lucky mel

Orbyt said...

Thank you Mel!

ritzbird said...

Thanks Mel, most appreciated re-up.

deGallo said...

Marvelous!!! Thank you.

MrBill said...

What a find! Thank you!

Pee said...

Thanks for this gem which is previously unknown to me!

-Otto- said...

Thank you for the re-post!