Buddy Montgomery (p), Wes Montgomery (g), Monk Montgomery (b), Lawrence Marable, Bobby Thomas (d)
Reference: FSRCD 671
The Montgomery Brothers Quartet Studio Sessions
Complete Master Takes
In April 1960, The Montgomery BrothersWes, Monk and Buddy (they were called The Mastersounds not too long before), opened at the Swingin Lantern in Sacramento. The group was a breath of fresh air at a time when there were plenty of poseurs around purveying an ersatz earthiness that was far away from the real thing. There was nothing fake about the Montgomery Brothers; they had the feel of the earth in their playing without having to exaggerate, pose, or labor at it.
At the core of the group and of this collection is the mature and fully rounded guitar mastery of Wes Montgomery, whose chorded use of the instrument and his trademark octave playing are among the most immediately distinguishing characteristics of his work. Buddy contributes strong, virile piano, and Monk, when these recordings were made, had picked up the upright bass again and stopped playing the electric version, on which he was a pioneer.
Direct, unpretentious, packed with ideas always executed with consummate skill and swinging powerfully the Montgomery Brothers were emphatically the Real Thing.
01. Monterey Blues [D Natural Blues] (Wes Montgomery) 6:25
02. June in January (Rainger-Robin) 6:41
03. Buds Tune (Buddy Montgomery) 6:26
04. Lover Man (Davis-Ramirez-Sherman) 8:55
05. Jingles (Wes Montgomery) 9:59
06. Doujie (Wes Montgomery) 4:33
07. Just for Now (Buddy Montgomery) 4:55
08. Groove Yard (Perkins) 2:59
09. Heart Strings (Jackson) 4:34
10. Remember (Berlin) 5:36
11. Delirium (Land) 3:38
12. Bock to Bock (Back to Back) (Buddy Montgomery) 6:44
13. If I Should Lose You (Rainger-Robin) 5:48
Total time: 77:00 min. aprox.
Tracks #1-5 from the Fantasy album "The Montgomery Brothers" (8052)
Tracks #6-13 from the Riverside album "The Montgomery Brothers: Groove Yard" (RLP 9362)
Personnel on THE MONTGOMERY BROTHERS (#1-5):
Buddy Montgomery (p), Wes Montgomery (g), Monk Montgomery (b), Lawrence Marable (d).
Recorded in San Francisco, November, 1960
Personnel on GROOVE YARD (#6-13):
Buddy Montgomery (p), Wes Montgomery (g), Monk Montgomery (b), Bobby Thomas (d).
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, on January 3, 1961
Original recordings produced by Fantasy Records (#1-5), and Orrin Keepnews for Riverside Records (#6-13).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered