Wes Montgomery: Four on Six


Four on Six


Wes Montgomery (guitar)


The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (Riverside RCD-1169-2)

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Wes Montgomery (guitar), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).

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

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