Melvin Rhyne

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s


12 October 1936, Indianapolis, Minnesota, USA. Starting out as a pianist in his hometown, Rhyne enjoyed a good if localized reputation in the mid-50s, working with artists such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Around that time, he switched to organ and slotted neatly into the then current organ-based R&B combos. Towards the end of the decade, he teamed up with Wes Montgomery and it was his five-year association with the guitarist that brought him to national attention. He recorded several times with Montgomery during his spell on Riverside Records. While with the guitarist, Rhyne also recorded under his own name, teaming up with musicians such as Johnny Griffin and Blue Mitchell. He left Montgomery in the mid-60s and by the end of the decade had drifted from centre stage. Nevertheless, he continued to work consistently, spending several years playing in Madison, Wisconsin, and later in Milwaukee.

Two decades later he was back in the national...

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