The jazz archaeologists at Resonance Records keep on coming up with fantastic relics. Their latest release is a heretofore unknown and unreleased live gig from January 1959, featuring the great guitarist Wes Montgomery sitting in with pianist Eddie Higgins’ trio. It’s not a professional recording, but the casual, after-hours vibe is absolutely perfect, and all things considered the sound quality is close to miraculous.
The music is a treat, too; apparently Montgomery and Higgins didn’t play together all that much, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances here, as they elegantly cruise through some standards by Ellington, Monk and Porter. A highlight is the gorgeous rendition of Duke’s “Prelude to a Kiss,” with the guitarist and pianist locking in and trading solos, clearly enjoying every second. One Night In Indy is the third of Resonance’s Montgomery archival releases (the other two are both highly recommended), and the label says it has located more unreleased material from the 1950s. Keep it coming. words / t wilcox