Buddy Montgomery

So Why Not?

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There is a lot of variety on this outing by Buddy Montgomery. The first four selections find him playing synthesizer with a fair amount of personality; Montgomery also doubles on vibes during "Waterfall" and acoustic piano on "So Why Not." Those numbers also include tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman, a solid rhythm section, and guest spots for trumpeter Warren Gale and guitarist Jim Nichols. However, Montgomery is best showcased on the final four pieces, mostly acoustic trio selections with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Ralph Penland. Percussionists are added to "Budini" (one of five of the leader's originals on the date), while "My Funny Valentine" finds Montgomery playing vibes and synth. All in all, this is a well-conceived and consistently intriguing straight-ahead outing by the underrated Buddy Montgomery.

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