Wes Montgomery: Besame Mucho
Wes Montgomery (guitar)
Boss Guitar (Riverside 9459/OJCCD-261-2)
Recorded: New York, April 22, 1963
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The Latin ballad “Besame Mucho” is taken at a very quick 6/8 here. Jimmy Cobb starts with his brushes, pauses for two bars, and then picks up his sticks, which alters the complexion of the piece at the same time organist Melvin Rhyne intensifies his own playing, which is the current that carries the tune along. It’s nothing fancy, but it gives Montgomery exactly the underpinning he needs to showcase his own lyrical ability. At 4:05, Montgomery and Rhyne engage in eight measures of tandem counter-rhythmic attack that forces the listener’s fingers and toes into an involuntarily tap-along. As the tune comes to a close, Rhyne – not exactly a household name among organ players – slips in an effective solo that displays his imagination.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee