Vault Release: Davis, Montgomery, and Ellington


Aquarium Drunkard has highlighted some incredible recent vault releases from the jazz masters, including archival footage that definitely merits a listen. From Miles Davis there’s a Bootleg Series spanning live performances from 1955–1975: four CDs of unreleased material of Davis at Newport Jazz Festivals over the years. Resonance Records is putting out an early pre-fame ’50s recording of Wes Montgomery live in Indianapolis that inspired Pete Townshend to write “you can almost taste the smoke in the air” in the liner notes. Finally, the Conny Plank Session shows Duke Ellington late in his career working with a pre-krautrock Plank (NOTE: Groenland Records, which released the album, is having some virus issues with their website—check out the record here instead). Listen to some songs off each record and read more on Aquarium Drunkard.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →