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Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Wes MontgomeryAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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With a lot of sleuthing and a team of experts on the case, long lost tapes of Wes Montgomery have been discovered and restored. Resonance Records will release Echoes of Indiana Avenue - the first full album of previously unheard Montgomery music in over 25 years - on March 6, 2012, which would have been Montgomery's 88th birthday. Over a year and a half in the making, the release will ... Read more in Amazon's Wes Montgomery Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B006O2BTAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diablo's Dance
2. Round Midnight
3. Straight No Chaser
4. Nica's Dream
5. Darn That Dream
6. Take the A Train
7. Misty
8. Body and Soul
9. After Hours Blues (Improvisation)

Editorial Reviews


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

Product Description

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Previously unpublished essay by Wes brother, Buddy
Rare interview with Wes s brother Monk Montgomery
from 1980.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If your first Wes not your best choice March 9, 2012
By bg
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It's good that these recordings can now be heard by a wider audience, especially amongst Wes fans. The information and pictures in the attached booklet (CD version) are informative and well put together. The sound quality is OK and I'd love to hear the tapes the engineers had to work with. As for the actual music on this release, not shouting the praises of other reviews but a couple of the tracks are pretty darn good (especially the first one). The most interesting track for me was the last one, an improvisation track which isn't so much Jazz as rollicking blues boogie which brought visions of a smoky juke joint. Interesting to hear Wes and his fellow musicians cutting loose for themselves. This is best a buy for completists, but if your buying a first Wes Montgomery recording, I suggest The Incredible Jazz Guitar or Boss Guitar. Kudos to Resonance Records and all involved in getting this release onto the market. My rating: *** 1/2
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase for me March 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, it's great that the record company went through the efforts to work with the tapes and create this CD. The sound quality is barely ok and subpar by today's standards but that shouldn't be a deal breaker considering the magnitude of this find. The thing I appreciate is being able to hear this monster guitar player earlier in his playing career -- and while I can't say it gives hope to us jazz guitar wannabes (mere mortals that we are) it does show him at an earlier stage in his harmonic development -- still great, don't misunderstand -- but hinting toward what he would become. An enjoyable listen also!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the earliest Montgomery recordings, absolutely stunning
Kudos to the team that discovered these long lost gems, unlabelled and left to decay had not a prescient fan committed the tunes to a digital format and thus saving them from their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Hedegard
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good sound quality
From this layperson's perspective, the good technical quality of this CD is a pleasant surprise. These performances are estimated to have been originally recorded in the mid... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it.
This is a long lost gem and it belongs in the collection of any jazz fan. Early Wes before all the strings and sophisticated arrangements. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes was the Greatest!
Wes Montgomery was/is the Greatest Jazz Guitarist ever, and all of his recording are "Must Haves".Sadly, there will not be anymore Wes Montgomery recording!
Published 7 months ago by John F. Goldsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz improvisation.
I liked most of the album, and remembered the 50's when my husband and I attended jam sessions at varios spots in Indianpolis where he and his brothers plaed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martha J. Brindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Years ago I met Wes living in Upland California
This jazz brought back many memories. Smooth Gutar style unlike the rock and roll I grew up with. From my fathers generation good listening thanks
Published 12 months ago by John Paul Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like jazz guitar ...
Wes Montgomery was considered by most modern day guitarists including Pat Metheny, George Benson, Pat Martino and others to be simply the best ever. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars A newly discovered treasure
Wes Montgomery's guitar playing is always interesting to listen to. In these previously unreleased recordings, both live and in the studio, we hear Wes at his peak. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Trainman
4.0 out of 5 stars Gold mine discovery
A valuable addition to the oeuvre of Wes Montgomery. Maybe not the best introduction to his playing, but if you love Wes in any form -as a leader or band member, in the studio or... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Timothy T. Strawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest recording by Wes Montgomery
I was very pleased (but sadden by his short career) to come across the recent recording by Wes Montgomery- ECHOES OF INDIANA AVENUE, something that was never released during his... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Williams
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