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The first full album of previously unheard Wes Montgomery music in over 25 years contains studio &
live performances recorded in Indianapolis 1957 1958! Includes four tracks recorded at Indianapolis s famed
club, The Hub Bub. 24-page booklet with family photographs provided by
the Montgomery family. Liner notes by some of music s most respected writers
including Dan Morgenstern, David N. Baker, Bill
Milkowski, Michael Cuscuna, and others.
Classic 50s photos of Wes taken in Indianapolis by
legendary photographer Duncan Scheidt.
Previously unpublished essay by Wes brother, Buddy
Montgomery.
Rare interview with Wes s brother Monk Montgomery
from 1980.

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One of the most inspired and consistent improvisers of all time and one of the most transcendent inventors of melody ever. --Pat Metheny

This newly discovered collection of recordings captures not only the magic that was Wes, but also the wonderful Indianapolis jazz scene of which he was so proudly a part. --Dr. David N. Baker

This newly discovered collection of recordings captures not only the magic that was Wes, but also the wonderful Indianapolis jazz scene of which he was so proudly a part. --Dr. David N. Baker

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Resonance Records
  • ASIN: B006O2BTAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Five HUGE Stars! This treasure trove of recently discovered performances from 1957 in Indianapolis, Indiana by legendary jazz Hall of Fame guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery, brothers Buddy and Monk Montgomery and friends is worthy of Six stars. Recorded in 3 sessions just before his breakout years with the Pacific Jazz and Riverside record companies, Wes is in incredible form, on the level of his legendary Smokin' At The Half Note performances. Unbelievably, the tapes were originally offered on eBay and eventually found their way to the renowned jazz producer Michael Cuscuna and associates who digitally restored the tapes with impressive overall sound. The CD is accompanied by a multi-page, highly-detailed booklet with rare photographs and essays from family, friends, and peers that makes this CD all the more valuable. The 'best of the best' begins with a breezy "Diablo's Dance" that reminds one of the Montgomery brother's 'Mastersounds' conceptualizations, but the pianist here is the formidable Melvin Rhyne and note Wes' great horn-like soloing. A beautiful "Round Midnight" gets some complex dancing single lines from Wes, with Melvin Rhyne switching to organ for late night atmospherics and some tasty block chords of his own. Thelonious Monk's skittery "Straight No Chaser"is bluesy and swings hard, featuring musical ESP chasing between brothers Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery in their only appearance. "Darn that Dream" and "Misty" are lush things of beauty. And perhaps, best of all, one of Wes' best performances of "Body & Soul", which 'morphs' twice on Earl Van Riper's excellent piano solo. And a recorded live, 6 minute, smoking performance of "After Hours Blues (improvisation)".Read more ›
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on March 8, 2012
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88 years ago, March 6th, Wes Montgomery was born. It was no accident that this album was released then. The holy trinity of jazz guitarists is widely acknowledged as being Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes. Here we get a sample of his earliest recordings, and the first full album of `new' material in 25 years. This isn't the same old hash, remixed, rearranged and served up to an undying public. These recordings haven't been heard by the general public and the original tapes were thought to be lost. These tapes are the earliest known recordings of Montgomery as a leader and pre-date his 1959 debut on Riverside Records.

Recorded in 1957-1959 at night clubs in his home town of Indianapolis (they have this to celebrate, even if they are letting a different kind of legend slip away). There are also some rare studio recordings. The mystery of how these long lost tapes were rediscovered almost pushes this post into the book report topic. It is surely worthy of it. It's a tale of intrigue, with twists, turns, false leads and it's enthralling to say the least.

The identity of the person who made the tapes still remains unknown, although he or she clearly possessed more than an amateur amount of knowledge about professional recording. The tapes passed through a number of hands, some international, and most owners only rumored, before being acquired in 1990 by guitarist Jim Greeninger, who is also a huge fan. It wasn't until 2008, after Greeninger had tried to sell the tapes on eBay, that he contacted Michael Cuscuna, a well respected producer with Blue Note Records. Cuscana contacted Zev Feldman at Resonance Records, and the first thing they did was transfer the fragile tapes to digital.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikio Miyaki on April 17, 2012
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No question about this must be earlier and most swinging recordings by Wes Montgomery. The 55 years ago sounds brought in life in the most desirable format. As a vinyl freak I would like to express my delight uncritically. I couldn't sense any hint of staleness in it's sound quality. Wes is powerful as always and very much at home with friends in a relaxed small combo settings. As if Wes is playing right now at the night club in the nearby alley. Most impressive tune is "After Hours Blues." Though it ends halfway after Wes's solo, you'll see the rowdy audience howling their approval for the hot and buzzy tones Wes continuously sends out. Wes stirs up the audience. Earl Van Riper and Mingo Jones quickly respond to the egging with earthy improvisation. Latin flavored "Diablo's Dance" and Silver's "Nica's Dream" also become my favorites from now on.
Wes died in June of '68. During 11 years after his debut from Pacific, he recorded for Riverside, Verve, BYG and CTI. Only three tunes in this album are overlapping with his former albums. "Misty" and "Body and Soul" are recorded in much preferable format here. "Misty" in the verve setting is overdubbed orchestra sounds by Claus Ogerman, while "Body and Soul" in Riverside features James Clay's flute, which somewhat dilutes Jam Session feeling. We have enjoyed two version of "Round Midnight" so far. Riverside session was made a year after with same members, more sophisticated Wes's solo throughout the tune but no solo space for other members, which made the tune shorter by two and half minutes from this Resonance session. At the Paris concert, eight years after, Wes presented dreamy slower sounds in accordance with matured tenor sounds by Jonny Griffin.
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