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Groove Brothers brings together two of the lesser-known albums from the trio of Wes, Buddy, and Monk Montgomery: 1960’s The Montgomery Brothers and 1961’s The Montgomery Brothers In Canada, both recorded for Fantasy. By this time Wes had already signed with Riverside and was well on his way to cementing his reputation as the finest jazz guitarist of his generation. His tenure with Riverside brought him into collaboration with the top players of the day, but there is a singular quality to the music here that can only be called familial. The brothers have played with each other so long that their musical bond is second nature, and their mutual trust is immediately evident in these recordings. It can’t simply be called “loose” — better to say “open,” as Wes in particular seems free and easy to take chances in a way that is unique, even within his diverse catalog of ventures. There is an exceptional springiness to these recordings, especially on “Jeannine,” “Snowfall,” and “Barbados,” songs for which pianist brother Buddy — the youngest of the group — switches to vibraphone, giving the songs stacked harmonies that reflect the trio’s deep-seated bond.

Customer Reviews

Never Before and Never Again

Wes was so unique. I have played jazz guitar for more than fifty years and there were times when I thought I was almost there...then I came back down to earth and realized that I was and remain merely mortal.

Just listen to him!

Just listen to Wes. The feeling and way he swings, and raw emotion in his playing... nobody comes close. Really. Really.... There are many great jazz players out there, but he had that emotional character that was just unique.


Born: March 6, 1923 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Wes Montgomery was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial success during his last few years, only to die prematurely. It had taken Wes a long time to become an overnight success. He started to teach himself guitar in 1943 (using his thumb rather than a pick) and toured with Lionel Hampton during 1948-1950; he can be heard on a few broadcasts from the period. But...
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