Wes Montgomery: Four on Six
Four on Six
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Riverside RCD-1169-2)
Composed by Wes Montgomery.
Recorded: New York, January 26, 1960
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
During an era of album-title hyperbole where every tenorman was a Colossus and each new release marked the Change of the Century, Wes Montgomery's Incredible Jazz Guitar was actually justified. After being on and off the scene for over a decade, Wes finally broke through to the hardcore jazz audience. Much was made (rightly) of his innovative octaves technique and distinctive pick-less pizzicato, but Wes's greatest asset was his sense of swing, which was … well, incredible. "Four on Six," based on Gershwin's "Summertime" and given first-rate backing, makes a fitting introduction to this down-to-earth Olympian of jazz guitar.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz