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Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue

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Imagine an episode of History Detectives, the popular PBS program, devoted to examining a recently discovered stash of seminal recordings by the late jazz great Wes Montgomery. The provenance? The players? The circumstances? The guitars? Those are just a few of the questions concerning the mystery behind Echoes of Indiana Avenue, with its slowly unraveling secrets and newly unearthed pleasures.

Kudos to a distinguished panel of jazz sleuths for shedding considerable light on this nine-track trove. Dan Morgenstern, David Baker, Michael Cuscuna, Pat Martino and Bill Milkowski contribute to the album’s revealing liner notes, and additional context is provided by recollections from the guitarist’s siblings, pianist Buddy Montgomery and bassist Monk Montgomery. You’ll have to read the essays to appreciate the high value Morgenstern and company place on this discovery, but suffice it to say that these previously unissued performances feature a rotating lineup including pianists Earl Van Riper and Buddy, bassist Monk and Melvin Rhyne on piano and organ.

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