Savant SCD 2016
Mel Rhyne, Hammond organ
Royce Campbell, guitar
Ray Appleton, drums
It was Wes Montgomery, this famous guitar player, who, in 1958, led Mel to the organ. In the years to follow, between 1959 and 1964, Mel cooperated with Wes and was part of his trio (guitar/organ/drums). Two of the best albums were "Boss Guitar" (1963) and "Portrait of Wes".
Who will be surprised about this fine album "Remembering Wes", as it is for sure that
Mel got important impulses for his further career as artist from the encounter with
Wes. As man of low tones, Mel does not push his organ to exaggerated loudness, and thus
hitted the fine phrasings of Wes' acoustic guitar. Mel's style to play the organ
somewhat remembers his early career as boogie-woogie pianist.