Buddy Montgomery


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This LP is a real obscurity. Pianist Buddy Montgomery, who up to this point had only led two record dates of his own, sticks to piano and performs five of his originals and brother Wes's "Road Song." The personnel changes practically from song to song, and Montgomery is heard with three different trios (best-known among the sidemen is bassist Rufus Reid), plus a sextet on two numbers including tenor saxophonist Harold Land and trumpeter Oscar Brashear. The music is mostly straight-ahead hard bop and is decently recorded and well-played, if not essential. Good luck finding it, though.