Monday, March 19, 2012
Newly Discovered Wes Montgomery - Bob Stewart
With a lot of sleuthing and a team of experts on the case, long-lost tapes of Wes Montgomery have been discovered and restored. "Echoes of Indiana Avenue" is the first full album of previously unheard Montgomery music in over 25 years. The tapes are the earliest known recordings of the guitarist as a leader, pre-dating his auspicious 1959 debut on Riverside. The disc showcases Montgomery in performance from 1957-1958 at nightclubs in his hometown of Indianapolis as well as rare studio recordings. Joined by such Naptown colleagues as keyboardist Melvin Rhyne and his brothers Monk and Buddy on bass and piano, Wes swings with blistering abandon on a program of burners and ballads.