Little Brother Montgomery

Complete Recorded Works (1930-1936)

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This single CD from the European Document label has all of Montgomery's 26 prewar recordings as a leader. Two solo numbers are from 1930, including "Vicksburg Blues"; there are a couple songs from 1931 and four duets with guitarist Walter Vincson from 1935. The remainder of this release features Montgomery during a marathon session on Oct. 16, 1936 that resulted in 18 solo selections. All the numbers except the final three on this CD have vocals by Montgomery, but the most rewarding selections are those three instrumentals. On "Farish Street Jive," "Crescent City Blues" and "Shreveport Farewell," Little Brother Montgomery shows just how talented a pianist he was, making one regret that he felt compelled to sing (in a likable but not particularly distinctive voice) on all of the other numbers. A very complete and historic set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 02:50
2 02:53
3 03:24
4
02:30
5
03:34
6 02:52
7 02:55
8 03:08
9
02:40
10 02:45
11
02:30
12
02:45
13
03:07
14
02:54
15 02:31
16
02:43
17
02:43
18
02:56
19
02:47
20
03:03
21
02:53
22
03:06
23 02:43
24 02:32
25
02:33
26 02:34
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