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Monk Montgomery

William Howard "Monk" Montgomery was an American jazz bassist. He was a pioneer of the electric bass guitar and possibly the first to record on it when he recorded with Art Farmer in 1953. He was the brother of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a musical family, Monk had three brothers and a sister. His older brother Thomas played drums, and died at 16. Monk gave his younger brother Wes (born 1923) a tenor guitar when Wes was 11 or 12. Wes took up the electric guitar at age 19 and went on to major success. The youngest brother, Buddy (born 1930) played piano and later took up the vibraphone

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John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning-Early Recordings from 1949-1958

Read "Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning-Early Recordings from 1949-1958" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist Wes Montgomery, despite his tragically short life, was very prolific and immensely impactful. Equally adept at sophisticated instrumental virtuosity and lighter, more commercially appealing sounds, Montgomery influenced majority of guitar players who appeared on the jazz scene during the 1960s and after. Montgomery cut his first record Fingerpickin' for Pacific Jazz in 1958 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

First Take Trio: Recollections

Read "Recollections" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When Michael Anthony left home in the late 1950s for the bright lights of Hollywood, one of the resident artists who took him under his wing was fellow guitarist Howard Roberts, already established as one of the film and television industry's top studio musicians as well as an esteemed jazz virtuoso whose work with the Chico ...

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Label: Sevenahalf Records
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar!

Read "Wes Montgomery: So Much Guitar!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Wes MontgomerySo Much Guitar!OJC1962/2013 Wes Montgomery's So Much Guitar! continues the latest round of re-releases/re-masters from the Concord Music Group, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records. So Much Guitar! follows the re-releases of singer and trumpeter Chet Baker's Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner & ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on July 23, 2013. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, several bonus tracks on nearly each disc (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes providing historical context to the original material, the series celebrates the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) recently introduced the second batch of its 2-On-1 series. Each CD features two classic albums from some of Impulse! Records' legendary jazz and blues artists. Included in this first batch are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion ...

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We Brothers Three: the Joneses, Heaths and Montgomerys

From Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey to Wynton and Branford Marsalis, the history of jazz includes a number of notable brother acts. Sometimes three brothers have shared the stage or studio space—the focus of this week's edition of Night Lights. “We Brothers Three" features music from the following trio of brotherly trios: Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Buddy Montgomery Jazz Pianist and Vibraphonist Dies

Buddy Montgomery Jazz Pianist and Vibraphonist Dies

Buddy Montgomery, a jazz pianist and vibraphonist best known for his work with the guitarist Wes Montgomery, his older brother, died on May 14 at his home in Palmdale, Calif. He was 79. The cause was a heart attack, said his granddaughter Mykah Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery and another brother, the bassist Monk Montgomery, were members of ...


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