Here Again – Buddy Montgomery
This hard bop swinger is a good introduction to the unique playing and composing style of Buddy Montgomery.
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- Recording: Buddy Montgomery - Here Again
- Recorded on: July 21, 1997
- Label: Sharp Nine (1008-2)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Piano - Buddy Montgomery
- Bass - Jeff Chambers
- Drums - "Killer" Ray Appleton
Buddy Montgomery's composition Here Again is diverse, filled with blues, bebop and even more modern components. It feels almost like a standard, though the melody is rather complex. The changes are logical and rewarding to blow over. Though there is no F major 7th chord until the fifteenth measure, the key center is implied from the beginning by the melody and chord qualities.
The head has a lot of rhythm section hits, as many of Buddy's songs do; they provide a sort of counter melody. Though it has only been recorded as a trio, it works well with horns and could even be orchestrated effectively in a big band context.
from Don Sickler: Buddy didn't read or write down his music. He therefore didn't have to think about the problems inherent in music notation. Buddy was always creating. When he'd play one of his melodies for me three or four times, each time there'd be little differences that just flowed naturally out of him. This made writing down the "absolute definite melody" an impossible task. Because of this, we'll often also make available a melody transcription of what he actually played on the recording, so you can see how he played it "that time."
January 30, 1930 – May 14, 2009
Buddy Montgomery’s music was straight ahead bebop jazz. He played in many styles, but always with a bebop approach. With no formal training, he played entirely by ear in any key, choosing what he felt were the most beautiful and creative chord changes, making his compositions challenging and inventive. He infused lyrical ballads with warmth and swung hard as well. Though he never crossed over outside of jazz, his music is accessible to casual listeners but still prized by jazz fans. Read more...