CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

Monte Montgomery
Monte Montgomery
Eminent Records

By Al Kaufman

Monte Montgomery is an extraordinary guitarist. Of that there can be no doubt. One need just listen to his tremendous instrumental cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” to understand that. It is powerful enough to make a grown man weep.

Montgomery is also adept and writing his own rock/blues songs. “River,” a seven-plus minute epic that opens the CD, has a big, wide open sound full of turbulent weather imagery. It recalls early an early Chris Whitley both vocally and musically. “Moonlight Tango” is something Carlos Santana would be proud to call his own. And “Can’t Fool Everyone” is just pure thumping energy. Even when the songs are just average, such as on “Could’ve Loved You Forever,” he makes sure to add a solo that makes listening worth while. Read more about CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

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