Track Premiere: Rare/early Wes Montgomery

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Song originally recorded in ’56 at the maestro’s home turf of Idianapolis.

By Blurt Staff

Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery is slated for a deluxe release of his collection of early rare material, In The Beginning, on May 12 from Resonance. The 2CD (or 3LP) set is the logical followup to 2012’s Echoes of Indiana Avenue and includes elaborate liner notes, unpublished photos and appreciations from the likes of Quincy Jones, Pete Townshend, journalist Bill Milkowski, archivist Ashley Kahn and producer Zev Feldman — not to mention portions of the unpublished autobiography of Montgomery’s brother and sideman Buddy Montgomery. To mark this occasion, we are quite excited to be able to premiere the track “Brazil” here at BLURT:

The backstory: Robert Montgomery (Wes Montgomery’s son) introduced Feldman to his uncle Buddy’s widow, Ann Montgomery in 2011. She had copies of tapes of Wes and the brothers playing at several Indianapolis venues in the mid 1950s, which were recorded with a portable tape recorder by a 22 year old college student, Philip Kahl. Ann Montgomery was looking for a respectful home for this never-before released music, and Resonance Records turned out to be the perfect fit.

“Brazil” was recorded live on August 22, 1956 at the Turf Club, Indianapolis, featuring Wes Montgomery – guitar, Buddy Montgomery-piano, Monk Montgomery-bass, Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson-tenor sax – Sonny Johnson drums. Check out the concert poster below!

 

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