The Montgomery Brothers

The Montgomery Brothers in Canada

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The Montgomery Brothers in Canada Review

by Richie Unterberger

Buddy Montgomery, who often played the piano with the Montgomery Brothers, sticks exclusively to vibes on this club date, which in addition to Wes and Monk has Paul Humphrey on drums. It's a solid set of cool but not cold bop with a low-key mood and uniformly tasteful playing. There's only one original on here (by Buddy), but it's a beaut: the buoyant "Beaux Arts" has gorgeous alternations of single-note solos and chording by Wes. In a different vein, "Angel Eyes," which begins with a long drumless passage, shows his skill with a delicate slow ballad. The album has been reissued (minus the overdubbed crowd noise on the original LP), together with 1960's The Montgomery Brothers, on the single-disc Milestone CD The Groove Brothers (which is billed to Wes Montgomery, rather than the Montgomery Brothers).